Eleutherococcus is a plant with black berries from Siberia and Northeast Asia. It belongs to the Araliaceae family and its scientific name is Eleutherococcus senticosus. In French, it is commonly called Siberian ginseng or bush of the devil. For millennia, this plant has occupied a very important place in the world of phytotherapy. Its active ingredients give it many curative qualities. Among its components, we distinguish polysaccharides, phenolic derivatives, eleutherosides, lignans as well as phenylpropanic acids.
Common Therapeutic Uses
Actions on the central nervous system:
Eleutherococcus has an adaptogenic property. In other words, it helps the body to adapt more easily to different situations. It allows, among other things, to effectively deal with stress. In addition, it is an excellent ally when preparing for exams. Indeed, he improves memory and ability to concentrate. It also acts as a stimulant of intellectual and mental abilities.
Actions on the immune system:
This medicinal plant strengthens the immune defenses. Its immunostimulating and virocidal activities allow it, moreover, to fight all forms of viral attacks.
Actions on the body:
Siberian ginseng improves physical performance, especially in athletes. It stimulates the formation of blood cells. Thus, it participates in increasing endurance and helps to recover more easily after a sporting event. In addition, being a general tonic, it helps to fight fatigue and is effective in case of convalescence or low energy.
Actions on diabetes:
Eleutherococcus contributes to the regulation of blood sugar levels. Several studies, in particular, demonstrate its hypoglycemic effect. As a result, it helps prevent the risk of type II diabetes.
In traditional Chinese medicine, this plant is synonymous with health and longevity. It is used particularly for improve the quality of life of the elderly.
Forms and preparations
The different forms of use of eleutherococcus are:
- Infusion, herbal tea or decoction
- Mother tincture
- Dry extracts
Instructions for use and recommended dosage
- Herbal tea or decoction: leave to infuse for 10 minutes 2 to 4 g of dry extracts in 150 ml of boiling water. Drink up to 3 cups a day.
- Powder: in a glass of drink (fruit juice or vegetable milk), add 1 g of dried root powder and take 2 to 3 times a day.
- Mother tincture: Dilute 20 to 25 drops of tincture in a glass of water and consume 3 times a day.
- capsule: Take 4 capsules of 375 mg per day.
Contraindications and precautions for use
I’eleutherococcus is contraindicated in:
- Women during pregnancy and lactation
- People with heart conditions and high blood pressure
In order to avoid sleep disturbances, it is best to take Eleutherococcus before 4 p.m. In addition, it is necessary to avoid the association of this plant with a treatment against diabetes as well as a caffeine-based product.