This plant grows in Russia and is readily available all over the world. When the root is ingested it has a wide variety of uses such as to strengthen the body's immunity and it helps naturally resist the negative effects of daily stress. In addition it is used for conditions of the heart, blood vessels such as low blood pressure, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and chronic bronchitis.
It has also been used for kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, flu, colds, tuberculosis and to boost the immune system, treat sleep problems and lesson the symptoms of infections caused by herpes simplex type 2. In addition this plant has been used for treating the side effects of chemotherapy. So what is this great all natural plant? It is Siberian Ginseng.
The chemicals in Siberian Ginseng affects the brain, immune system and even some of our bodies hormones. In some studies it has show to be effective in combating some bacteria and viruses, even the common cold.
• Source: (Kan Jang, Swedish Herbal Institute) by mouth improves symptoms of the common cold when started within 72 hours of symptom onset Some symptoms can improve after 2 days of treatment. However, it generally takes 4-5 days of treatment for the maximum benefit. Some research suggests this combination of Siberian Ginseng and Andrographis relieves cold symptoms in children better than Echinacea.
In trial studies for the disorder, Bipolar, taking Siberian Ginseng along with Lithium by mouth for 6 weeks appeared to induce the same response as patients taking Lithium and Fluoxetine.
For the viral infection called herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2). Taking a specific Siberian Ginseng extract, standardized to contain a specific Ginseng ingredient called eleutheroside 0.3% (Elagen), seems to reduce the number, severity, and duration of herpes simplex type 2 infections.
Though this herb has been studied there is still so much that we don't know about it and its side effect so before you start a course of this natural immune booster consult with a doctor.
Some of the side effect that studies have shown thought they are rare are drowsiness, change in heart rhythm, decrease blood sugar levels, sadness, anxiety, muscle spasms and in high doses, increased blood pressure along with the possibility of slowed blood clotting.
It has also been observed that with hormone sensitive conditions such as cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibrosis Siberian Ginseng might act like Estrogen. With the studies most adults when taken by mouth or injected over long term proved to be safe but little to no studies have been done on teens / children and pregnant or breast-feeding woman so with these groups Siberian Ginseng is not recommended.
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