If you suffer from fatigue, everyday tasks can feel like an uphill battle… You just can’t seem to get going and feel permanently exhausted. And all those things you reach for when you’re looking for something to get you through the day – like coffee – just make matters worse… because while it boosts your energy for a short time… you’re then back to square one.
Forgotten energy powerhouse
Luckily, there is an easy and effective way to give yourself a total energy make-over. And you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll feel like your old self again – or maybe even better than before!
They’ve been using this powerful energy booster in Russia for over half a century, giving it to their Olympic athletes, astronauts and even military leaders. However, for some unknown reason, Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus) has ceased to be the go-to health tonic for energy and stress.
Siberian Ginseng is part of a family of herbs called adaptogens – meaning they have a dual function. The root of Siberian Ginseng both provides long term energy and the ability to cope with stress – two things we all need with the busy lives we lead.
This powerful tonic also raises blood-oxygen levels, effectively lowers blood pressure in those with high levels and, conversely, raises blood pressure for those suffering from low levels. Studies have shown that taking Siberian Ginseng regularly enhances immune function, increases cortisone levels and anti-inflammatory responses, and promotes improved cognitive and physical performance.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used successfully to treat bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation, angina, hypercholesterolemia (hereditary high cholesterol), hypertension, headaches, insomnia, and poor appetite.
There is one warning though. While most people respond well to Siberian Ginseng, those suffering from adrenal fatigue should not use it to alleviate their symptoms. Although Siberian Ginseng has proven abilities to normalise adrenal function, this only applies to people suffering with short-term stress rather than those suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Dr. Michael Lam, a US physician familiar with treating adrenal fatigue, says that sufferers of adrenal fatigue normally respond badly to ginseng. He calls this a paradoxical reaction. He suggests that people with adrenal fatigue avoid adaptogenic herbs like ginseng, ashwaganda or rhodiola.
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Siberian Ginseng: The Almost Forgotten, Perfect Adaptogen and Energy Booster, published online 18.09.2008, naturalnews.com
Ginseng & Adrenal Fatigue, published online, livestrong.com