Low on energy? Here’s how the adaptogen Siberian Ginseng can help

May 5, 2022
Recovering from illness or just totally burnt out…? It’s no surprise that four in five Australians face burnout after 2020. As we settle into this wild new world, it’s time to talk self care/options. Here’s where Siberian Ginseng comes in. This wonder adaptogen isn’t here to mess around, with benefits such as restoring energy, immune support and helping your body adapt to stress – it’s the multitasker we all need in this 24/7 world.
Here Wanderlust Naturopath Natasha Korfiatis shares the lowdown on everything you need to know about Siberian Ginseng.

What does Siberian Ginseng do?

Energy supporter

The key uses of Siberian Ginseng in western herbal medicine to are to support energy, recovery especially after illness and performance. It is used as a tonic to prevent the body from becoming run-down, and , to return the body to a better state of wellbeing after it has become burnt out. A must-have for all those on-the-go.


This herb is often used in western herbal medicine for symptoms of persistent weakness and fatigue, especially post-illness or after periods of mental or physical exertion that can leave you feeling drained and tired. Siberian Ginseng is here to help you bounce back.

Performance enhancer

Siberian Ginseng is also the go-to herb for  unearthing your potential. It has a history of use in athletes as a performance-enhancer and may be used to increase the body’s capacity and preparedness for mental and physical work. A must-have before and after a big event.


Another use of Siberian Ginseng in western herbal medicine is as an adaptogen. Adaptogens couldn’t be more relevant in today’s society. Herbal adaptogens support a healthy stress response and enhance the body’s ability to adapt to the everyday stressors of life.

How does Siberian Ginseng work?

Siberian Ginseng has been known to have many therapeutic uses in western herbal medicine, such as:

  • Adaptogenic (helps the body adapt to everyday stress)
  • Antioxidant (fights oxidative/free radical damage)
  • Restorative tonic (improves recovery and healing, especially post-illness)
  • Performance-enhancing (enhances physical and mental performance and capacity)
  • General tonic (supports overall health & wellbeing)
  • Immune-modulating (modulates the immune system, supporting immune health).

 Where does Siberian Ginseng come from?

Historical use

Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), or Eleuthero as is it also known, is a prickly, woody shrub native to south-eastern Russia, Northern China, Korea, and Japan. The bitter-tasting dried root and rhizome of Siberian Ginseng has been used in herbal medicine for over 2000 years to support general health and first used in Siberia to enhance physical and mental performance.

Behind the name

Although it is not botanically related to the Ginseng genus of herbs, Eleuthero has been dubbed as ‘Siberian Ginseng’ because it’s therapeutic uses are similar to that of Korean (Panax) Ginseng, which is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an adaptogen.

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