(formerly Acanthopanax senticosus) is a species of small, woody
shrub in the family Araliaceae native to Northeastern Asia. It is
often colloquially referred to as Siberian Ginseng or Ogapi (in
Korean), and is sometimes shortened to E. senticosus in medical
literature. E. senticosus has been studied as an adaptogen, and has
a history of use in Chinese medicine, where it is known as
E. senticosus is a new addition
to Western natural medicine, but has quickly gained a reputation
similar to that of the better known and more expensive Chinese
Ginseng. Though the chemical make-up of the two herbs differs,
their effects seem to be similar. An extensive list of research on
E. senticosus with links to PubMed is available.
The herb is an adaptogen, is
anticholesteremic, is mildly anti-inflammatory, is antioxidant, is
a nervine, and is an immune tonic. It is useful when the
hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) is depleted. Symptoms of
this condition include fatigue, stress, neurasthenia, and sore
muscles associated with the hypofunctioning of the endocrine
system, and adrenal exhaustion indicated by a quivering tongue,
dark circles under the eyes, and dilating/contracting pupils.
Eleuthero may alleviate these symptoms.