Updated: Mar 30
What the heck is an eleuthero root? Prior to owning a tea company, in 1,000 tries I would never be able to guess this is an actual thing. But, in fact, it is exactly that. A Thing.
In this post we will be discussing what eleuthero root is, it's history, the health benefits of consuming this root, and all the teas you can order from Sonoran Blossom Tea Co that contain eleuthero root. The name alone is boring, I get it. But stick with us, it will be worth a few minutes of your time - I promise.
Eleuthero root, also known as Siberian Ginseng, is an adaptogenic herb native to Russia, China, Korea and Japan. Adaptogen's have four main characteristics, with stress resistance being the most common.
Eleuthero root was brought to the United States in the 1970's, and since has become one of the top-selling herbal dietary supplements in the country.
Historically, eleuthero has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. The Chinese use of this root never created demand in the United States or the "west," however after Russian researchers studied the health effects of the plant, the demand for eleuthero in the west grew quickly.
Eleuthero is believed to be able to assist with a wide range of common ailments and diseases including:
When taken in coordination with Andrographis, eleuthero is known to be able to remedy the common cold. A study of 130 children revealed that the use of these two herbs reduced the duration and severity of their colds.
People who suffer from mild, stress induced fatigue may experience improved mental performance when consuming eleuthero root. The studies suggest severe fatigue remains unaffected by eleuthero root, however mild and moderate fatigue can be relieved.
A study published in The Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology studied 57 patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. The group that had consumed eleuthero showed a large improvement in pain and physical functioning when compared to those who took placebo's.
A 2008 study of postmenopausal women showed that consuming eleuthero root significantly reduced LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is considered "bad cholesterol," and is strongly linked to heart disease and cancer.
Eleuthero root still has much to be studied. While this root has been used for centuries, it was not until recently that the herb was widely accepted in the western market, or studied to a degree that creates enough solid science to hang our hats on. However, it's popularity among professional athletes, anecdotal evidence, and early studies suggest this root can do a lot of great things for our mind and body. Check out the list below of available teas containing eleuthero root, give them a try, and then let us know what you think!
Check out our teas containing eleuthero root!