Siberian Ginseng Is the Herb To Take Advantage of Sooner Rather Than Later
Siberian ginseng has a lot of nicknames. Whether you call it eleuthero, Russian ginseng, devil’s shrub, or touch-me-not, everyone is talking about the same herb—for the right reasons.
This is the time of year when everyone prepares for seasonal transitions. The temperature drops, the days get shorter, and then we hibernate indoors for months.
Because we’re not outside as often, we slowly become more sedentary and less motivated to exercise. We also significantly change our eating habits during the holidays to indulge in foods we don’t normally eat throughout the year.
Our bodies go through enormous changes in a matter of weeks, which is why now is a good time to assess your health.
By now, you’ve probably been reminded to take a vitamin for your immune system. During the winter, there are several activities you can do to increase your body’s resistance to infection, according to medical experts at Murdoc University:
- Take a brisk walk for better inhalation and vitamin D
- Meditate and focus on breath practice for stress release
- Get eight hours of sleep and eat a nutritious diet
We also recommend adding herbs like Siberian ginseng into the fold. As an adaptogen, Siberian ginseng helps shield your immune system from the threat of bacteria and infection. We’ve benefited from herbal medication ourselves which is why we’re here today to share our advice.
In this article, you will learn about Siberian ginseng benefits, history, scientific findings, and more. We’ll make suggestions for taking advantage of the herb during the winter, and include other adaptogens for you to try. Something unexpected happens when you combine adaptogens with hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD. Stay with us, you’re going to want to hear this.
How does Siberian ginseng work?
In the age-old healing practice of Ayurveda, adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms have been used to build stronger immune systems for centuries.
Siberian ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that is more commonly called eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus). This is to avoid confusion with the Asian ginseng family, also known as “true ginseng.” Botanists insist on the chemical differences between Asian ginseng and Siberian ginseng, i.e. why eleuthero is the preferred term for the latter.
But, whichever ginseng you’re talking about or whatever term you call it, they’re all adaptogens.
In the 1970s, Russia brought the term to the American market. Adaptogens are a group of vitality-stimulating foods and herbs featured in ancient Indian and Chinese traditions. Other popular examples include Bacopa monnieri and Schisandra berries.
Culturally, adaptogens are key components of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, two therapeutic philosophies not widely recognized in the United States.
Western medicine is guided by pharmaceutical companies and relies on clinical trials to support health claims about medication. Although clinical trials with adaptogens are limited, we can learn from different schools of thought to understand the way other cultures treat illness and disease.
Studies from the early 2000s suggested that at least two-thirds of the American population would be using alternative therapies by 2010. If you’re still curious about adaptogens, keep reading to hear what science says about Siberian ginseng.
Are adaptogens legit?
Because you asked, here’s our answer: they’re definitely legit. Rather than bore you with a detailed list of the principles of alternative medicine, let’s turn to the research findings.
The root of Siberian ginseng may have untapped potential in America to treat:
- Colds and flu: The Mount Sinai Health System in New York cites evidence of the ability of Siberian ginseng to potentially reduce the length of cold and flu symptoms. Other research found that people who used Siberian ginseng for four weeks had stronger immune systems and higher levels of T-cells.
- Herpes: Research from the same source mentions the ability of the herb to reduce outbreaks of genital herpes.
- Osteoarthritis: A promising study found a relationship between Siberian ginseng and knee pain relief.
- Anxiety, stress, and depression: Ginseng may suppress the production of stress-inducing hormones. In expert terms, it has to do with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis; in other words, the pathways in the brain susceptible to stress-related diseases.
To wrap up this section, know that Siberian ginseng is safe despite the research limitations. Always communicate with your doctor if you’re thinking about using Siberian ginseng for health purposes alongside your current medications.
Tips for dosing Siberian ginseng (and cannabis)
The herb is found in many forms such as powders, teas, and tinctures. Researchers in clinical trials typically dose powdered Siberian ginseng at 1 to 4 mg/day. For extracts, experts recommend taking less than 1mg/day.
With any herbal supplement, it’s best to start small and gradually track your body’s reaction to the initial dose. From there, you can decide to take more Siberian ginseng based on your lifestyle and diet.
A helpful strategy for noting changes in your health is to keep a journal. You can write down your starting dose of Siberian ginseng, its effect over time, and any complications you discover with your other prescription medications.
Here is a truism we’ve discovered about cannabis: it works even better when combined with adaptogenic herbs.
This holistic combination is called Purpose because it’s designed to build up your immune system so you can keep doing what you’re meant to do.
Siberian ginseng and cannabis each help you adapt to stress—it’s the best of both worlds in a berry-flavored and water-soluble powder.
These are herbs you should take advantage of sooner rather than later because getting ahead of stress is the key to a strong immune system.
With cold weather around the corner, the “winter blues” starts to feel more real. Try to not be passive to the change of seasons. Pay attention and listen to your body. And of course, try adaptogens like Siberian ginseng if you want to see if herbal medicine is for you.
Either way, you’ll feel more proactive and empowered knowing that you’re bringing more awareness into your wellbeing and health.