Ginseng - Ci Wu Jia
"Siberian Ginseng" (Eleuthero) is
known all over the world now as one of the ultimate adaptogenic
Also known as
Acanthopanax and Eleutherococcus, the root of this
plant helps provide the long term energy and the ability to cope with
very difficult stress that is so often needed in many everyday walks of
I personaly use this herb quite often on those Arizona days
that are over 100 degrees when I need to work outside. I can tell you it
is a life saver on those days! On the other hand, many people that
live in cold areas have told me it is a life saver to them in
coping with extreme cold when they have to work out in those
Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng)
is more tonifying than the true Ginsengs (Panax sp.) It is neutral
energetically and so is appropriate for daily use. Taken regularly, it
enhances immune function, increases cortisol levels and inflammatory
response, and it promotes improved cognitive and physical performance in
human studies. Also unlike the Panax sp. it will lower high blood
pressure, not raise it.
Eleuthero has been successfully
used in China to treat bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or
radiation, angina hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, neurasthenia with
headache, insomnia, and poor appetite.
amazing herb aids in the recovery from hard physical exercise,
as well as from extreme mental exertion. It’s reputation for this is fast
becoming common knowledge all over the world.
It is now commonly used by thousands of
people required to engage in high stress, high energy-demanding activities
such as high altitude flying, long-distance sailing, working in high or
low temperature environments or in deep water. Most any competing athletic
runners use it because they simply can not outrun the competition that
does use it!
Acanthopanax is used by all Russian astronauts.
(cosmonauts) The use of the extract of this herb in t hese endeavors has
been reported to increase physical strength, sharpen concentration,
improve various parameters of mental power, increase visual acuity,
improve color vision and to promote the natural healing power of the
In Chinese history, Li Shih Chen, in his Great Catalog
of Medicinal Herbs, called Siberian Ginseng (Ci Wu Jia) a
superior herb, indicating the he believed that Acanthopanax has a
primarily tonic, anti-aging nature rather than a medicinal effect. He
describes it in this way: "Its action is to invigorate physical energy, regulate
vigor, strengthen the skeleton and tendons and increase one’s ambition. If
administered over a long period of time, it can delay weakness and aging.
Indications for its use include sexual debility, overly-frequent
urination, lumbago (low-back pain), rheumatic pain in the legs and
weakness of vigor and vitality."
For all you "science buffs" out
there, many of the active constituents in E. senticosus are triterpenoid
saponins. Though all terpenoid compounds have bioactivity in mammals, it
is the triterpenes that are most important to the adaptogenic effect.
The majority of known
triterpenoid compounds in E. senticosus are found as saponin glycosides
which refers to the attachment of various sugar molecules to the
triterpene unit. These sugars are usually cleaved off in the gut by
bacteria, allowing the aglycone (triterpene) to be absorbed. Saponin
glycosides have the characteristic of reducing surface tension of water
and will strip the lipids. So it could jus
t possably help you loose weight!