Herbs Guide

Siberian Ginseng

Family Name: Araliaceae

Botanical Name(s): Eleutherococcus Senticosus, Acanthopanox Senticosus

Popular Name(s): Siberian Ginseng, Eleuthero and Devil's Shrub

Parts Used: Root and rhizomes

Habitat: It is native to the Taiga region of the Far East

Description: Siberian ginseng is a shrub that grows 3 to 10 feet high. Its leaves are attached to a main stem by long branches. Both the branches and the stem are covered with thorns. Flowers, yellow or violet, grow in umbrella-shaped clusters, and turn into round, black berries in late summer. The root itself is brownish, wrinkled, and twisted.

Uses: Siberian ginseng is to increase your body's resistance to stress. Not only can it help your body cope with daily stresses, but it may also prevent you from becoming ill. It may also help your body get back to normal after you've been ill. Siberian ginseng also increases mental and physical performance.