Eleuthero, also known as Siberian Ginseng, has been an herb occupying a significant place in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as an adaptogen. Russian and Korean folk medicine have also used Eleuthero for several purposes, including using it to increase stamina, promote mental health and also to promote overall health.
For decades, benefits of Eleuthero has proved to be an active agent in improving blood sugar levels, blood lipid levels and insulin usage in diabetics. When tested out in type 2 diabetes mice, it was observed that it significantly reduced insulin resistance and thus reduced blood glucose levels. In a laboratory study to confirm the effect of the eleutheroside components; eleutherans A, B, C, D, E, F and G on blood sugar, it was proved that these compounds were able to normalize blood sugar levels making Eleuthero very useful for improving diabetes.
Eleuthero was found to enhance the neuronal communication concerned with memory and learning in animal studies and this property could be of great benefit in helping patients living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Eleuthero also has a significant stress-reducing ability that helps restore memory deficits as a result of excess stress.
By increasing immune cell production of the body, Eleuthero helps boost the immune system. When tested in an animal study, the root extract of Eleuthero was found to increase the levels of antibody molecules IgG and IgM which are responsible for protecting the body against microbes.
Eleuthero has also been found to be effective in helping to improve mental function such as memory and concentration by increasing the flow of blood to the brain.
Some pain-relieving drugs like naproxen sodium work by inhibiting the inflammatory pathway activating enzyme, COX-2. Eleuthero has also been found to be associated with reduced expression of COX-2, thus making it a promising agent for preventing inflammation. It also reduces the excess mast cell activity associated with allergic inflammation.
Being a stimulant, this root herb increases circulation and heart rate, and may hence, help raise blood pressure over time, making Eleuthero a beneficial herb for people living with hypotension.
By slowing cancer progression and boosting the bodys immune system, Eleuthero has shown a promising effect in improving cancer outcomes. In a study, it was found to significantly reduce the growth of lung and liver cancers. Benefits of Eleuthero also helps protect from the mutation of cancerous cell aside helping to fight already formed cancer cells.
Eleuthero has been used for decades in several traditional medicines to increase muscle and bone strength. In a study conducted in 2013, 100mg of Eleuthero given to rats over a period of 8 weeks was found to increase femur bone density by as much as 16.7%.
Following a review of studies where a standardized extract of Eleuthero was used, it was confirmed that this herb is effective in treating herpes simplex 2 and relieves the symptoms of common cold. The liquid extract of Eleuthero has been found to be effective against several RNA viruses, including influenza A virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and human rhinovirus. The herb helps fight against these viruses as it prevents their replication.
Extracts of Eleuthero and eleutherosides are associated with binding to estrogen receptor sites and thus could help lessen the effect of estrogen withdrawal in women going through menopause.
Studies in athletes have revealed that Eleuthero is capable of increasing performance by prolonging endurance time, decreasing blood glucose levels, and increasing heart rate. It also reduces exercise-induced immunosuppression and exercise-induced serotonin release. These are two factors that make exercise more tasking and can prolong recovery time after exercise.
According to several animal studies on the supplementation of Eleuthero, the results have shown a reduction in the degenerative effects of Parkinsons disease. However, there is still more research to be conducted to confirm the same effect in human clinical usage.
Different studies have confirmed the effect of Eleutherosides in preventing and repairing nerve damage. It has been used for decades as a management and preventative medication for progressive neurological conditions like Alzheimers disease. A study involving rats with nerve damage confirmed the effect of Eleuthero in improving nerve regeneration and synapse reformation.
Eleuthero has been found to reduce physical and mental fatigue in response to physical stress in animal studies. The herb has also been associated with reduced stress-related changes in behavior animals that were deprived of sleep. Eleuthero also decreases recovery time from stress in animal studies.
Eleutherosides have been associated with lymphatic function of the lymph node network. In a 2016 study, Eleuthero powder was found to significantly reduce edema within 2 to 4 hours after consumption in 50 healthy volunteers.
By boosting the immune system, Eleuthero may help speed up healing process. The compound components of Eleuthero have also shown some properties that could help prevent ulcer formation, including diabetic foot ulcers.
Being an immune stimulant, Eleuthero may help bring about a shortened length and severity of lung infections such as pneumonia and influenza.
The leaves of Eleuthero can either be prepared as a tea or eaten raw. However, most studies that have looked into the health benefits of this amazing herb have only focused on the root, meaning it is possible not to have as much effect of Eleuthero with the leaves as with its root.
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