Eluthero Root

Eluthero Root

Common Name

Standardized: eleuthero
Other: Ci wu jia (Chinese), Ussurian thorny pepperbush

Botanical Name

Eleutherococcus senticosus (Rupr. & Maxim.) Maxim. Plant Family: Araliaceae


Eleuthero is best known as being an adaptogen and has been part of the herbal repertoire in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It was also used in Korean and Russian folk medicine, not only for increasing stamina but for promoting overall health. Russian researchers brought attention to this impressive root in the 1960's at which point its fame spread to the West. It can now be found lining the shelves in most health food stores in North America.

The eleuthero available commercially is mostly harvested from its natural habitats in northeast China and Russia. Experimental cultivation has started in Japan and Canada in the recent decades where it is grown in semiarid conditions resembling its natural habitat.  Eleuthero is now widely utilized in the western herbalism to support general health and to improve endurance and stamina. It is prescribed for use in France, Germany, and Russia as well.

Flavor Notes And Energetics

The taste is pungent and slightly bitter. Eleuthero is considered to be energetically warm

Dried root and root bark as a tea, tincture, or powdered and encapsulated.

Benefits of Eluthero Root

Eleutherococcus senticosus is a pretty awesome plant and has a lot more benefits that just the graphic above highlights. Here are some of the ones worth mentioning.

  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Anti-Anxiety
  • Anti-Fatigue
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Common Colds
  • Immune Booster
  • Liver Detox
  • disease
  • Antiviral
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Bronchitis


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

This herb is sold by the ounce

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