Eleuthero tea is quite renowned, especially in the field of traditional Chinese and Siberian medicine, as well as those of other areas in the Asian northern hemisphere.
Eleuthero is a woodland plant native to the Far Eastern Taiga region, which includes southeastern Siberia, northern China, Japan and the Korean peninsula. Eleuthero has also adapted to the damp forests of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and northern California.
Also known as eleutherococcus senticosus, eleuthero is related more famous red ginseng.
Eleuthero became a widely cultivated herb after its properties as an adaptogen (a herb that helps the body adapt to stress) was discovered by a Soviet scientist named Brekhman in the 1940s. In fact, eleuthero was distributed to entire cities in Siberia in early winter to prevent colds and flu, and used as a treatment for radiation exposure after the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
Eleuthero was also a favorite training tonic of the Soviet Olympic Team. Its beneficial effects on physical endurance was highly recognized and prized.
The adaptogenic properties of eleuthero appear to stem from its ability to regulate the activity of the adrenal cortex in response to stress.
The dried roots of the eleuthero plant are typically prepared as tea. To make eleuthero tea, take about an ounce of eleuthero root and place it in a cup of boiling water. Keep it boiling for 15 to 20 minutes. Then sip slowly while hot.
The following are the health benefits attributed to eleuthero tea:
- Stimulates the immune system, especially during times of strenuous physical exertion and stress.
- May help enhance mental alertness.
- May have antioxidant properties that help fight cancer.
- May have anti-inflammatory properties.
- May have beneficial effects on the liver.
- May help boost physical endurance and strength.
- May help the body burn fat faster through exercise.