Saturday, February 4, 2012

Research information that affects everything from fatigue and memory to sexual function

With the focus of our blog this week on the power of adaptogenic herbs, we have included some interesting information regarding research on Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) for you. 

Immune system

A four week study in healthy subjects found that those who received Siberian ginseng
(eleuthero) extract had improvements in a number of measures that reflect the functioning of the immune system. Several combination supplements containing Siberian ginseng and other herbs have reported benefits in patients with colds and the flu. Laboratory studies also support the use of Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) to improve immunity.

Mental performance

A three month human study of Siberian ginseng
(eleuthero) among middle aged volunteers found that there was a significant improvement in memory and concentration as compared to placebo. Another popular, but unproven use of Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) is to maintain or restore mental alertness.

Physical performance
Siberian ginseng
(eleuthero) is frequently used to enhance physical stamina and increase muscle strength. Studies support the use of Siberian ginseng to decrease symptoms of fatigue.

Male fertility
Siberian ginseng
(eleuthero) has a long history of folkloric use for male infertility. Animal studies suggest that Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) may be helpful in increasing reproductive capacity, including some reports of improvement with ED related issues when applied topically and taken orally.

Elderly quality of life
One study found Siberian ginseng
(eleuthero) use in elderly patients improved their quality of life including aspects of mental health and social functioning after four weeks of therapy. When the ginseng was stopped, the improvements decreased.

Herb Facts
Siberian ginseng
(eleuthero) supplements are made from the root. The root contains a mixture of components, common to many plants but occurring together in Siberian ginseng, called eleutherosides. Among the other ingredients are chemicals called polysaccharides, which have been found to boost the immune system and lower blood sugar levels in laboratory studies using animals.

Another Powerful Adaptogen, Ashwagandha
Another popular adaptogen often used in conjunction with eleuthero is Ayurveda Ashwagandha. It has been used for 4,000 years plus in India. Generally, Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system. It has also been shown to inhibit inflammation and improve memory. Taken together with Ginseng (eleuthero), these actions support the traditional reputation of Ashwagandha as a tonic or adaptogen.

In Health,
Naturally Botanicals