Jun 26, 2008

- Eleuthero

I've been training hard recently, not to mention the stress addiction that ads to the body fatigue. Therefore I came back to Eleuthero as a tonic for invigorating vital energy. I though i would throw a glimpse over this magnificent herb.

Eleuthero, also known as Siberian ginseng, is the root, root bark, or stem of a shrub in the ginseng family. It grows in thickets in northeast China, eastern Russia, Korea, and Japan's northern island, Hokkaido. Most of the supply comes from Siberia and China, but it is also grown in eastern Europe. The Chinese call it ci-wu-jia.

It is listed in the first (most important) class of herbs in Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, but some Chinese scholars question whether Shen Nong actually described eleuthero or another plant. Its recent use in China derives from Russian research since the early 1950s. In Chinese medicine, it is used to normalize body functions, restore vigor, improve health, promote good appetite, and help to assure a long life. Generally, it serves as a preventive medicine and general tonic.

It is recommended to use it (250mg) for 8 weeks followed by a 2 week break. I use it for 4 weeks, and stop to only repeat whenever is needed (which is very rare).

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