Eleuthero: an adaptogenic herb
Utilized for thousands of years by ancient Chinese herbalists, “superior class” herbs were classified as the most effective plants to improve vitality, the capacity to work, and to create a sense of well-being. Herbs in this class were considered to be taken for extended periods.
In recent decades, many of these superior class plants have come to be called “adaptogens”.
The core essence of adaptogens is that they combat the negative effects of stress and improve resistance, thereby improving our health and well-being.
There are several plants commonly used in Chinese medicine with these adaptogenic properties:
- Panax ginseng (Ren Shen)
- Schizandra chinensis (Wu Wei Zi)
- Eleutherococcus senticosus (Ci Wu Jia or Wu Jia Shen)
The last of these three was known for a time as Siberian ginseng but is now commonly called eleuthero.
Eleuthero was the initial focus of the research that led to the new category of adaptogens.
There are now 50 years of clinical scientific research to confirm its ability to help patients adapt to periods of physical and emotional stress, making it the most researched of all the adaptogens.
What defines an adaptogen
In 1960, a Russian scientist specializing in pharmacology, Dr. Israel Brekhman, published his results in an article entitled, A New Medicinal Plant of the Family of Araliaceae -- The Spiny Eleutherococcus.
Based on Brekhman’s research, adaptogens are defined using the following criteria:
1. It must be harmless with no significant side effects or contraindications.
2. It must have general, non-specific action to improve resistance to stress.
3. It must have a balancing, normalizing effect on body functions, regardless of the origin of disruptions or the direction of the homeostatic disturbance.
People's Herb's Empowered Eleuthero
People’s Herbs Empowered Eleuthero is formulated to help with fatigue and deficiency without creating unwanted side-effects or being difficult to digest.
Traditionally, Empowered Eleuthero is thought to have a therapeutic focus on lungs, spleen, and kidneys. It can be of use in conditions of joint stiffness and pain, as it was traditionally substituted for Wu Jia PI, a Dispel Wind Damp herb.
It can be combined with other People’s Herbs products for given complaints:
- With Red Rice Yeast Plus for those minor cholesterol problems.
- With Boost Essence for athletes who need additional support for training.
- With appropriate classical formulas such as Xiao Yao Wan, Gui Pi Tang, Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Li Tang for those undergoing high levels of stress.
Modern research also supports incorporating Eleuthero in treatment plans for:
- Chronic infections
- Chemical and noise exposure
- Declining eyesight
- Poor memory
- Chronic inflammatory conditions
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