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Eleuthero (also known as Siberian ginseng) is a flowering shrub. Its root, bark, leaves, and berries all contain beneficial bioactive compounds called eleutherosides. This plant is a staple of traditional medicine in China, Korea, and eastern Russia, where it has been used to treat a range of conditions, including memory loss, high blood pressure, and elevated stress.

The studies are few, but some researchers speculate that it can help increase catecholamines, such as norepinephrine and dopamine, in the stress-managing parts of the brain. Eleuthero may also affect levels of a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which helps support the growth of nerve tissue and protect the brain. Studies suggest that low BDNF levels may contribute to anxiety and depression.

Dosage and Use: Standardized extracts of eleuthero are commonly dosed at 200 to 400 mg, to be taken once or twice daily. Most eleuthero compounds are made from eleutherococcus root, which is considered safe for short-term consumption for most people.

This was excerpted from “NATURAL MENTAL HEALTH: 3 Adaptogenic Plants to Help Relieve Stress” which was published in the September 2022 issue of Experience Life.

Henry Emmonds
Henry Emmons, MD

Henry Emmons, MD is an integrative psychiatrist and the author of The Chemistry of Joy, The Chemistry of Calm, and Staying Sharp. He is the cofounder of

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