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Eleuthero: an adaptogenic herb

Utilized for thousands of years by ancient Chinese herbalists, “superior class” herbs were classified as the most effective plants to support vitality and promote 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 assist with combating the negative effects of stress and help to improve resistance, thereby supporting 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

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