Body, Health, Herbs, Stress, Tonics

Eleuthero: The King of Herbs

Humans throughout history have always concocted a diet made up of herbal components. As society has progressed, however, we’ve grown increasingly disconnected from nature and all its wondrous worth. By incorporating these herbs back into our diets, we redefine what it is to be vital.

Our Torii Awake tonic is a magical medley of adaptogenic herbs and other natural components that boost mind and body performance. Eleuthero, the king of herbs, and one of the main components of Torii Awake, is known for its healing, balancing and energizing properties. It is often referred to as a general panacea for its ability to promote healing for almost every type of ailment. 

What is Eleuthero?

Eleuthero, mainly referred to as Siberian ginseng, is an adaptogenic herb that it has the unique ability to balance and tone multiple physiological functions at once which can provide more efficient and effective healing.  It’s been a part of the herbal repertoire in Chinese medicinal practice for thousands of years. In the 1960s, Russian researchers focused attention on this regal herb, which is when its powerful properties became known in the West. 

Why is it called the “king of herbs?”

The benefits of Eleuthero are abundant and all-inclusive, which give it the reputation as a king among herbs. Li-Shih-Chen, a 16th century pharmacologist and physician said, “I would rather take a handful of eleuthero than a cartload of jewels.” This sentiment is shared today, because the benefits are that powerful.

So, why take Eleuthero?

As with most adaptogenic herbs, the benefits of Eleuthero are most apparent with long term use. Although it is one of the most widely researched and studied herbal supplements, we still need to be cautious when using this plant, as we do not want it to become endangered like its cousin American Ginseng.

Herb: Eleutherococcus senticosus

Common Name: Siberian Ginseng, Eleuthero

Used in: Awake

Parts Used: Root

Herbal Actions: Adaptogen, tonic, antioxidant, chemoprotective, immuno-modulator & stimulant, hypertensive, cardiotonic, hypoglycemic, circulatory stimulant, anti-coagulant, bitter

Key Constituents: Glycosides including eleutherosides B and E; Syringin; Phenylpropanes; Polysaccharide; Ciwujianoside. Phenolic compounds, triterpenoid saponins, lignans, coumarins, volatile oils

Helps with: Adrenal fatigue, immune function, mental alertness, physical endurance, inhibits hypertrophy of adrenal and thyroid glands, chronic viral infections, cancer prevention, adjuvant cancer therapy, chronic illness and fatigue, chronic stress, heavy metal and pesticide toxicity, increase energy and stamina, restore libido, sharpen memory and concentration skills, digestive tract, endocrine system, lower back pain, stress damage, anti-aging, exhaustion, brain fog, depression, trauma, surgery, insomnia, overwork, athletic performance and endurance

Planet: Saturn and Uranus

Element: Fire

Origins: Small, woody shrub native to southeastern Russia, northern China, Korea, and Japan

Magical uses: Mystical lore goes back for thousands of years and as legend has it, Siberian Ginseng mysteriously rose from the ground at night, glowing, and flitting around the forest floor. Foragers noticed that the forked root of the plant resembled that of a human figure, thus giving rise to it being used for its aphrodisiac qualities. According to modern magick, ginseng root should be carried to attract love, for protection, fulfillment of wishes, draw money, and promote general good health and vitality. To attract love, fill a red or pink flannel bag with a lock of your own hair, a heart-shaped piece of sun-dried lemon peel, and a piece of dried Ginseng root.  Consecrate and charge it, then wear it on a gold chain around your neck. Burning the root or powder as an incense is believed to ward off evil, repel negative spirits, and provide visualization fulfillment.

Ethnobotany: Siberian Ginseng, or ci wu juhas been traditionally used dating back more than 2,000 years. It has been found in some of the oldest traditional Chinese medical texts such as Shennong Bencao JingShanghan LunHejiju Fang, and Bencao Gangmu. In Traditional Chinese and Korean Medicine, Siberian ginseng was used to invigorate Qi which strengthens the Spleen; nourishes the kidney; provides energy and vitality; and treats high blood pressure, inflammation, respiratory tract infections, ischemic heart disease, spasms, and hepatitis. Siberian Ginseng, or Shigoka, is also found in traditional Russian medicine, being used as a tonic in northeastern Asia and far eastern Russia.