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Siberian Ginseng

Botanical name

Eleutherococcus senticosus

Common Names

Siberian ginseng




Originating from eastern and northeastern Asia, Siberian ginseng is an established ingredient in traditional chinese medicine. 

Part supplied

The chopped root. 

Food Use


Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.

Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

Medicinal Use

Adaptogenic herb which increases mental stamina. Used to enhance overall energy and immunity. 

Key actions: Tonic, adaptogenic (helps adapt to stress), immune modulating.

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat short-term fatigue and exhaustion, due in part to its ability to improve strength and increase immune function. 

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.


Decoction: 1 teaspoon of herb (0.6 to 1 g) to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Tincture: Take 3 ml (1:3 in 25% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Fluid extract: 1:2 Take 0.6 to 2.6 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Dried Herb: Maximum of 3 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.

Other Uses

Cosmetic Use

None known.

Other Uses

None known.



It is thought that Siberian ginseng may be contraindicated in hypertension. It should also not be taken whilst experiencing acute infection. 

This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Araliaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist. Do not use during severe stages of infection. 

Side effects

For the most part, side effects have not been reported in studies. In the few cases that they have; palpitations, headaches, insomnia, tachycardia, hypertension and pericardial pain have occurred, therefore caution should be taken if you suffer from cardiovascular disorders. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Interactions with drugs

None known.

Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.

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