Eleuthero extract, herb or Siberian Ginseng is just one of the many herbal and health tonics and stimulants that so-called “experts” will tell you you don’t need.
And if you get a regular eight hours of unbroken good quality sleep a night; always eat a well balanced diet supplying all the nutrients your body needs each day; consume alcohol only in strict moderation and tobacco not at all; enjoy a mutually satisfying intimate relationship with a loving partner; find your employment or business life both personally and financially rewarding; and take regular time out for relaxing breaks and vacations, they’re probably right.
If this sounds like your life then I must congratulate you, because it’s clear that you already have it organised for optimal mental and physical performance, giving your mind and body the best possible chance of resisting the stresses that are systematically breaking down the health of so many millions in the affluent Western world. In fact you obviously have no need whatsoever of the information I’m about to give you and can safely stop reading right now.
But if you’re like most of us your life is a long way from this ideal. Likely you find that our culture’s obsession with work and the gadgets that keep us always in touch with the office, not to mention the demands of family life and the ready availability of 24/7 electronic entertainment, all militate against your getting anywhere close to the amount of quality sleep you need. Likewise, you eat on the run; a snatched breakfast or none at all; lunch on a sandwich at your desk; and in the evening “enjoy” a highly processed, nutrition-stripped ready “meal” for dinner. Still, you can always disguise the taste with the drink or two that by now you really need to help you relax.
Now, you’re not exactly ill, or not yet anyway. There may not be any specific physical symptoms you can point to. But at best you’re conscious of a vague feeling that you lack the energy to get all that you could and should out of life. At worst you feel like you’re clinging to a sheer cliff face, maybe even sliding towards depression. Physicians see this kind of pre-clinical malaise so often they have their own shorthand for it. “TATT” simply stands for “tired all the time”. Not that doctors aren’t sympathetic; why wouldn’t they be when in all probability they’re in this condition too? But the problem is that short of recommending a major and completely impractical overhaul of your entire lifestyle there’s really very little they can do for you.
You see, conventional western medicine is primarily geared to producing a specific “magic bullet ” treatment for each specific ailment with which it is presented. And to be fair, it has to be said that does this extremely effectively for many previously very dangerous or even fatal illnesses. But it’s much less good at providing what you need to prevent you from becoming ill in the first place.
That’s to say a powerful tonic and stimulant for every system in your body which will not only protect you against disease, but optimise every aspect of your physical and mental performance. As amazing as it may sound, substances which contain this power do exist and are known as adaptogens, a term coined in Russia in 1947 to describe substances found to increase the body’s resistance and to help normalise its functions in response to all kinds of stress. One such substance in particular, eleuthero herb extract (also known as Siberian Ginseng) has been extensively studied by Soviet and Russian scientists since the early 1960s.
But the power of this remarkable plant (an unprepossessing spiny shrub growing to a maximum of nine feet tall) has been known in China for at least 2,000 years and it is still widely used there as a general tonic and stimulant for promoting improved vigor and general health, increasing resistance to disease and longevity in keeping with the general emphasis of Chinese medicine on prevention rather than cure.
In Russia, herb extract of Eleutherococcus, also known as eleuthero or Siberian Ginseng, was approved for human use as early as 1962 and many subsequent scientific studies have examined its effect upon thousands of individuals of all ages.
In brief, studies have shown a significant improvement in individuals’ adaptogenic response to all kinds of stresses, including heat, cold, excessive noise and vibration, physical exhaustion, viruses and bacteria, chemicals and pollution. In fact, so many and diverse have been the positive effects that you could almost say that the tonic and stimulant effects of eleuthero improve adaptation to the stresses of life itself.
Not surprisingly, therefore, eleuthero quickly became, and remains, extremely popular with the Russian public.
But perhaps even more significantly, it is also used extensively by individuals whose occupations subject their bodies and minds to levels of stress that those of us living “normal” lives can only imagine.
Cosmonauts, deep-sea divers, soldiers, explorers, mountain rescue teams and elite athletes are just a few of the groups of such people who have experienced the benefits of eleuthero.
But it’s not just a question of helping the already supremely fit attain even higher levels of performance. Eleuthero is also a traditional Chinese folk remedy for bronchitis, all kinds of heart and circulatory problems, rheumatism and male infertility to name but a few. And more recent Russian studies have confirmed eleuthero’s potential benefits in tackling cardiac disease, disorders of the circulatory system, blood pressure problems, diabetes and even cancer. It’s important to stress that eleuthero is not claimed as a cure for these conditions, but that the herb extract performs the essential function of the adaptogen – acting as a tonic and stimulant for the entire system and so helping the body’s natural healing processes restore it to normal function.
In summary, there’s no doubt that eleuthero herb extract Siberian ginseng is truly one of nature’s great gifts – a very inexpensive but invaluable all-round tonic, stimulant and adaptogen.
Steve Smith April 2007
Steve Smith is a freelance copywriter specialising in direct marketing and with a particular interest in health products.
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