Eleuthero root is the first known herb to be called an adaptogen. Adaptogens can help recharge your adrenal glands and also raise your resistance to stress. Like other adaptogens, eleuthero is often recommended to be taken over a period of time to combat the effects of stress. It can act both as a tonic herb and a mild stimulant. This means that it can have an impact on fatigue immediately and will continue to work over time to restore energy.
Lab studies have also shown that eleuthero has antiviral properties. It specifically inhibited virus strains that cause the common cold, respiratory tract infections, and influenza A. Eleuthero is beneficial for mental energy as well as physical energy. It can help your alertness and focus improve and may also help with memory and learning. This is thought to happen because eleuthero root increases oxygenation and improves circulation to the brain. These properties along with its anti-stress and anti-fatigue effects can really give you a mental boost.
How to Use Eleuthero: The dried powder can be taken in relatively large doses (2-3 g) each day because it's a food-grade herb. If using a tincture or extract, check the label for the appropriate dose. The root can also be used to make a tea, although this is not as common unless it's combined with other adaptogenic herbs.
Precautions: Eleuthero is typically a safe herb with no side effects other than a possible energy increase, which is usually a desired result. Mild side effects of eleuthero can include muscle spasms, insomnia, anxiety, and digestive upset. Because it can be stimulating and increase energy, avoid taking in the evening or right before bed. Eleuthero can have moderate interactions with certain heart, sedative, and anti-diabetic medications. Consult with your doctor before taking if you are using these or other prescriptions.
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