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Eleuthero Root: Essential Advice for Experimenting With Herbal Supplements

Modern science is catching on to the medicinal value of Eastern herbs, specifically with a Chinese plant called eleuthero (uh-lew-ther-ow).

Long gone are the days of tacking the “hippy” and “witch” stereotype onto people interested in herbal medicine. That’s because dosing eleuthero root may be a widespread (and safe) remedy for the 40 million Americans living with anxiety.[1]

In the 1970s[2], the American market first learned about eleuthero—also known as touch-me-not, Siberian ginseng, or devil’s shrub[3]— and the botanical properties of the root.

To spare you the headache of explaining plant taxonomy, know that the eleuthero root is a member of the ginseng family, which features popular relatives such as American and Asian ginseng (different plants, different compounds).[4]

Botanists have since brought the misrepresentation of eleuthero to public attention and generally agree on using the name eleuthero instead of Siberian ginseng.[5]

Now that you have a better understanding of the correct nomenclature, the next question on the agenda is: What is eleuthero used for?

In this article, we offer advice for our tribe members wanting to add herbal supplements to their diet. You may not know about Ayurveda health rituals and the perceived benefits of using the eleuthero root alongside cannabinoids. Adjusting small aspects of your morning routine with adaptogenic herbs can greatly affect the way you feel (with Sovereignty’s time-tested technique).

Is eleuthero good for anxiety?

The research seems to think it's good for chilling out.

Studies with animals point to the antistress effects of eleuthero.[6] Evidence suggesting lower mental fatigue in mice has also prompted scientists to wonder if it can help humans too.

In fact, eleuthero falls into a whole class of vitality promoting botanicals called adaptogens.[7]

Adaptogens are believed to help people better “adapt” to stressors (the word almost gives it away).

Some people theorize about the use of certain mushrooms and herbs, for example, to cope with stress. Others take bacopa monnieri for improved mental and physical capacity.

These claims are recognized in Eastern medicine from China, Russia, Japan, and India.

One takeaway to remember is that Western medicine still needs time to conduct clinical trials with adaptogens. But that doesn’t mean we have to wait for pharmaceuticals to catch on to “the science of life,” or better known in Sanskrit as Ayurveda.

You can start implementing this healing strategy into your routine now. If you’re like everyone else, your anxiety, concentration, and energy constantly fluctuate (and we know there are plenty of reasons to feel edgy these days).

Let’s discuss the mindset you must adopt before adding the eleuthero root to your diet (since being health conscious has just as much to do with the mind as it does the body).

The principles of Ayurvedic medicine

In ancient India, Ayurveda (eye-yur-vay-dah) was founded on the belief in energy patterns and internal balance.[8] A helpful overview of the philosophy is listed here:

  • According to The Ayurveda Institute[9], everyone has a unique pattern of energy which is affected by internal and external factors.
  • Diet and lifestyle choices impact the balance of body, mind, and consciousness. A strong body that can defend itself from disease is one in perfect balance with the three types of energy (vata, pitta, kapha).
  • We can protect ourselves from future damage (or disease) with adaptogens. For this reason, eleuthero is an Ayurvedic remedy for anxiety, stress, and depression.

Considered as an herbal supplement with antioxidative properties, the eleuthero root may boost the immune system, increase blood flow, and regulate blood sugar.[10]

That all sounds pretty good, right? Although the list of benefits doesn’t end there:

  • Clinical trials with eleuthero reveal a possible connection between estrogen and the alleviation of menopause symptoms.[11]
  • The use of eleuthero alongside exercise may act as a stimulant. One study tested the effectiveness of taking eleuthero for eight weeks to see how athletic performance increased.[12]
  • Finally, tests with animals suggest that eleuthero can strengthen bone to treat osteoporosis.[13]

So, what’s the next step to bringing balance into your life with the eleuthero root? Let’s recap the highlights from everything we’ve discussed up until now:

  1. Eleuthero is a Chinese herb and adaptogen for anxiety relief (among other ailments).
  2. It comes from the Eastern philosophy of Ayurveda, which is rooted in the body’s ability to resist damage.

Making a plan with eleuthero

According to WebMD, eleuthero is safe[14], for those wondering about its side effects.

Your age, gender, and medical history[15] can influence the time it takes eleuthero to work, by the way, so take those factors into consideration upon deciding to use eleuthero in a long-term health plan.

Now is the time to let you in on Sovereignty’s plan (we’ve tested it ourselves).

We took the principles of Ayurvedic medicine and combined them with the cannabis plant to get ahead of anxiety. After some trial and error, we created a formula with hemp and adaptogenic herbs called Purpose.

Purpose is a water-soluble powder you can take in the morning for mental clarity and sustained energy. Besides the benefits you get from the eleuthero root, the CBD and CBG duo work together to uplift and energize.

If you know zilch about the delightful effects of cannabinoids, we suggest you keep your reading glasses on and read about CBG benefits, commonly known as the “the mother of all cannabinoids.”

Energy drink

What’s promising about energy supplements featuring Ayurvedic herbs and cannabis is the potential for multiplied effects within the body and mind.

“Go with the flow” is a common saying high-stress people might have heard before. The truth is that it’s not always easy to find that sense of “chill” with anxiety lurking in the background.

Our CBG formula is fortified with eleuthero and “true ginseng” (Panax ginseng)[16] for a subtle activation period, meaning the energetic effects come on as a warm sensation instead of an energetic “jolt.”

Purpose is also a great substitute for morning coffee because it contains less caffeine (for those of us trying to slowly wean off the espresso beans).

What’s more invigorating than getting in the driver’s seat of your anxiety? With the adaptogenic benefits of eleuthero, it’s knowing that you’re heading in the right direction, a direction towards being sovereign over your mind and body.

      1. https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
      2.  http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/issue111/hg111-feat-ginsengadult.html
      3. https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/kbase/topic.jhtml?docId=hn-2084007
      4. https://mountainroseherbs.com/eleuthero-root
      5. http://cms.herbalgram.org/ABCGuide/Monographs/Eleuthero.html?
      6. https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/kbase/topic.jhtml?docId=hn-2084007
      7. https://healthybutsmart.com/adaptogens/
      8. https://www.ayurveda.com/resources/articles/ayurveda-a-brief-introduction-and-guide
      9.  https://www.ayurveda.com/about/the-ayurvedic-institute
      10. https://www.healthline.com/health/eleuthero#research
      11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659624/
      12. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21793317/
      13. https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/18/7/7998/htm
      14.  https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-985/eleuthero
      15. https://www.verywellhealth.com/health-benefits-of-eleuthero-89449
      16. https://canprev.ca/blog/whats-the-difference-between-american-asian-and-siberian-ginseng/