Siberian Ginseng


💊 Chemical information

Ciwujia; Eleuterokokový kořen (eleutherococcus); Eleuterokoku šaknys (eleutherococcus); Eleuthero; Eleutherococci radix (eleutherococcus); Éleuthérocoque (eleutherococcus); Korzeń eleuterokoka (eleutherococcus); Rysk rot (eleutherococcus); Tajgagyökér (eleutherococcus); Venäjänjuuri (eleutherococcus).


In Chin., Eur., and US.

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Eleutherococcus; Eleutherococci Radix). The dried, whole or cut underground organs of Eleutherococcus senticosus. It contains not less than 0.08% for the sum of eleutheroside B and eleutheroside E.

USP 31

(Eleuthero). The dried rhizome with roots of Eleutherococus senticosus (Araliaceae) (Acanthopanax senticosus) (Araliaceae). It contains not less than 0.08% of the sum of eleutheroside B and eleutheroside E, calculated on the dried basis. Protect from light.

💊 Profile

Siberian ginseng is reported to enhance natural resistance and to improve performance under stress. It is used similarly to ginseng (Panax ginseng) although the constituents of the two herbs are different. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine.
1. Davydov M, Krikorian AD. Eleutherococcus sentiosus (Rupr. & Maxim.) Maxim. (Araliaceae) as an adaptogen: a closer look. J Ethnopharmacol 2000; 72: 345–93.

Adverse effects.

Thalamic infarction occurred in a 26-year-old man who had taken oral high-energy dietary supplements containing Siberian ginseng daily for about a year during a vigorous training programme for a marathon.1 He had taken about 1.5 to 2 g of Siberian ginseng daily; small amounts of caffeine were also contained in the preparations. In the absence of other aetiological factors, it was proposed that prolonged daily use of Siberian ginseng in combination with caffeine and vigorous exercise was responsible for the stroke.
1. Polenakovik S. Dietary supplements and stroke. Mayo Clin Proc 2005; 80: 1240–1.


For a report of raised serum-digoxin concentrations in a patient taking digoxin and Siberian ginseng, see Interference with Digoxin Assays.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Canad.: Benylin Energy Boosting†; Cz.: Eleutherosan†; Ger.: Eleu; EleuKokk; Eleu-Twardypharm†; Eleutheroforce; Eleutherokokk†; Konstitutin; Lebensenergie-Kapseln†; Lomavital; Vital-Kapseln†; Pol.: Immunostim; Syberian; Spain: Fitokey Eleuterococo; UK: Elagen. Multi-ingredient: Arg.: Sigmafem; Austral.: Astragalus Complex; Bacopa Complex; Bioglan Ginsynergy; Gingo A†; Ginkgo Biloba Plus†; Medinat Esten†; Tyroseng†; Chile: Gingo-Ther†; Indon.: Reximax; Tripote; Ital.: Fon Wan Eleuthero†; Philipp.: Immuvit; Jamieson Total Energy; Pol.: Tripoten; Spain: Energysor†; Esforza†; Natusor Low Blood Pressure†; Tonimax.
Published May 08, 2019.