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Eleutero is a folk remedy for neuroses, overfatigue, general weakness, for relieving stress, increasing visual acuity and hearing.

Latin Name: Eleutherococcus senticosus

Common Names: Siberian ginseng, eleuthero, ciwujia, Devil's shrub, shigoka, touch-me-not, wild pepper, or kan jang

Family: Araliaceae

Genus: Eleutherococcus

Part used: root, leaves, rhizomes 

Botanical information: shrubby plant reaches a height of 3-5 m, sometimes 7 m. The stem ramifies poorly and is covered with spines, small leaves of five-membered compound leaves resemble cherry leaves. The compact yellow flowers are collected in spherical inflorescences; fruits are black and aromatic.

Distribution Area: It grows in Korea, Japan, northeast China and the Russian Far East.


Most often roots and rhizomes of this shrub plant are used for medicinal purposes. They are harvested in autumn. The roots contain many useful active substances, for example eleutherosides, or, as they are also called, glycosides. It is thanks to them that eleutherococcus has so many useful properties. Concomitant substances are essential oils (up to 0.8% of dry mass), starch, lipids, gums, vegetable wax, coumarin derivatives, resins, glucose, pectin and tannic compounds. In autumn, before the leaf fall, they reach a maximum concentration. The leaves contain vitamin C, oleic acid and beta-carotene.

The dried roots and rhizomes contain many physiologically important constituents. These include saponins, oils and phytosterol, carbohydrates sugars, organic acids, nitrogenous substances, amino acids and peptides, vitamins and minerals, and certain enzymes. No alkaloids are detected.


Not everyone can appreciate the useful properties of eleuthero, since there are contraindications. If you have some kind of chronic disease, it is advisable to consult a doctor before use.

  • The allergy to eleutherococcus is rare, but still occurs. If a strange rash, nasal congestion or any other signs of an allergy have developed after use, you should immediately stop taking it, and if you feel unwell, you should immediately go to the hospital.
  • Women should make a pause in taking eleuthero during menstruation. Eleuthero can increase nervousness in the first days of menstruation.
  • It is impossible to apply this herbal remedy during pregnancy and lactation.
  • Children under 12 years are not allowed to drink the medications from eleuthero, which contains alcohol.



“The wish for healing has always been half of health”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.