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Siberian ginseng is a powerful tonic herb with an impressive range of health benefits. Unlike many herbs with a medicinal use, it is more useful for maintaining good health rather than treating ill health. Research has shown that it stimulates resistance to stress and so it is now widely used as a tonic in times of stress and pressure. This plant is a very commonly used folk treatment in China and Russia where it is used as a ginseng substitute.
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Other use

Young leaves and buds - cooked. The dried leaves are used as a tea substitute
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Caution if high blood pressure. Avoid coffee. Avoid during pregnancy. Unsuitable for children. High doses may cause drowsiness, anxiety, irritability, mastalgia and uterine bleeding. Possible blood pressure increases and irregular heart beats. Effects of antidiabetic drugs, sedatives and anticoagulants may be potentiated.
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Professor Anthony Dayan, 2022

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, China
  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Japan
  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Korea
  • Asia-Temperate, Russian Far East, Amur
  • Asia-Temperate, Russian Far East, Khabarovsk
  • Asia-Temperate, Russian Far East, Primorye
  • Asia-Temperate, Russian Far East, Sakhalin

Eleutherococcus senticosus (Rupr. & Maxim.) Maxim.

Genus: Eleutherococcus
Species: senticosus (Rupr. & Maxim.) Maxim.
Common names: Siberian Ginseng
Distribution summary: Temperate Asia
Habit: Shrub
Hardiness: H4 - Hardy; average winter
Habitat: lowland to mountain forests
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Far East (L)
Flowering months: July
Reason for growing: Medicinal, toxic

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