For more than 2000 years the Chinese have used this warming herb as a treatment for conditions surrounding low vitality. They believe it has stimulating, strengthening qualities that preserve youthfulness.
Due to over-harvesting in the wild, American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) became rare toward the end of the 19th century and is a seriously at-risk herb species rarely seen in the wild*. Fortunately, the Eleutherococcus senticosus "Eleuthero" species seems to possess similar, possibly identical and even superior, medicinal value. Although marketed as "Siberian Ginseng" in other parts of the world (it is illegal to do so in the US), Eleuthero is not a true ginseng.
Eleuthero is a small deciduous shrub with spiny stems, palm-like leaves, small green or lilac colored flowers followed by blue-black berries. It is native to Northern Asia but grows readily in the cool moist forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Eleuthero is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it can increase stamina and stimulate resistance to stress. It is widely used in traditional medicine as a tonic for adrenal exhaustion and has been shown to increase stamina and strength in studies involving athletes.
Skin Care Benefits:
Anti-inflammatory, Stimulating, Strengthening
Alchemilla Products Containing this Herb:
- Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
*For information about protecting native medicinal plants of North America, visit United Plant Savers.