Herb for flu season


The taste is pungent and slightly bitter. Eleuthero is considered to be energetically warm. It was used to prevent respiratory tract infections, colds and flu.

It is known as ci wu jia in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Use:

-Viral infection.

-mental disorder like bipolar (result noticed in 6 weeks)

-Help to alleviate side effects and help the bone marrow recover more quickly in people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer.

-Increase the number of T4 lymphocytes.

-Improve blood sugar level in Diabetes patient.

-Viral infection like herpes simplex 2.

According to the American Psychological Association, 77% of people in the U.S. regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. The German Commission E monographs recommend a dose up to 2-3 g of dried and powered Eleuthero root and rhizome daily. Eleuthero can also be used in combination with other adaptogenic herbs (such as Withania somnifera and Rhodiola rosea). In combination, it supports cognitive parameters such as performance, speed, accuracy, and attentiveness to a task,as well as supports the stress response. Eleuthero has been shown to enhance mental acuity and physical endurance without the letdown that comes with caffeinated products.5

How to Use It

Dried, powdered root and rhizomes, 2 to 3 grams per day, are commonly used.16 Alternatively, 300 to 400 mg per day of concentrated solid extract standardized on eleutherosides B and E can be used, as can alcohol-based extracts, 8 to 10 ml in two to three divided dosages.

Interaction:

Although a clear cause-and-effect relationship could not be established, it is wise for someone taking digoxin to seek the advice of a doctor before taking eleuthero.

References:

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