Ginseng Siberian (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Definition: Used for generations by the Chinese, ginseng was taken to increase life span as well as wisdom. Considered a tonic herb, ginseng has captured the interest of the scientific community and has been found to lower cholesterol, boost cardiovascular function, prevent blood clots, increase stamina and protect cells from radiation. Continuing research on ginseng is currently underway.
Applications: Aging, drug withdrawal, depression, diabetes, colds, hypertension, radiation protection, impotence, lung disorders, prostate gland disease, compromised immunity and sexual dysfunction.
Scientific Updates: A study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine reported that ginseng can moderate the effects of a high-cholesterol diet in both rates and humans.103 Clinical testing has found that ginseng can prevent cellular damage from radiation exposure.104 Ginseng can increase sperm count, lower blood sugar and help to treat alcoholism.
Complementary Agents: Gotu kola, ginkgo, St. John's Wort, bee pollen, saw palmetto, wild yam, DHEA, vitamin-B complex and antioxidant array.