Eleuthero

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Dr. Bill Rawls
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Eleuthero

Eleuthero is a powerful adaptogen for strengthening tolerance to stress and promoting stamina and overall health.

Known as an invigorating herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), eleuthero has been used for thousands of years to promote vitality and sexual performance, relieve mental strain, support immunity, and more.

In Siberia (where the plant appears to originate), eleuthero is used to promote physical endurance, immunity, and longevity. Russian scientists drew attention to eleuthero’s performance-enhancing powers in their survey of adaptogens in 1968, and it quickly became a favorite stamina-booster of athletes, cosmonauts, explorers, and manual laborers.

Since then, use of the herb has spread to the West, where it is also known as “Siberian ginseng” for its perceived similarities to Panax ginseng.

Benefits of Eleuthero:*

Like other adaptogens, eleuthero primarily works by influencing the hypothalamus, a region of the brain that controls metabolism and energy (thyroid), reaction to stress (adrenals), and reproductive functions (testes/ovaries). By balancing the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis), eleuthero has been shown in randomized clinical trials to help strengthen tolerance to various types of stress, promote stamina, and reduce fatigue.

A vast amount of research has focused on the benefits provided by eleuthero for enhancing athletic performance. Numerous clinical trials have demonstrated eleuthero’s ability to positively affect exercise capacity, oxygen uptake by tissues, and workload capacity and overall physical performance.

Eleuthero can help:

  • Support physical performance, including endurance and stamina
  • Strengthen stress tolerance
  • Promote a healthy immune system
  • Balance the gut microbiome
  • Support healthy liver function
Side effects: Possible mild side effects include sleep disturbances and nervousness. Because eleuthero is an energizing adaptogen, it should be used with caution by individuals with sleep issues or who are overcoming health adversity. Like many herbs, epimedium has mild blood thinning properties — if you are taking prescription blood thinners, consult your healthcare provider before taking eleuthero.

Vital Plan products containing Eleuthero:

eVITALIZE – a blend of energizing adaptogens for libido support, stamina, endurance, strength, and resilience.

Ingredients similar to Eleuthero:

Rhodiola

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any diet or program.

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about the author
Dr. Bill Rawls
Dr. Bill Rawls has practiced conventional medicine as a gynecologist for
over 20 years and is also the co-founder and medical director of Vital Plan, a wellness and herbal supplement company.