This write-up focuses on the role of Siberian Ginseng in treating herpes and relief it can provide to people who suffer from this condition.
Siberian Ginseng, like the more common Ginseng plant, is also referred to as an adaptogenic herb, and although they do not belong to the same genus, they do belong to the same family. However, as opposed to ginsenosides which make up for the active compounds in Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng comes with eleutherosides. In contrast to Ginseng’s fleshy root, Siberian Ginseng comes with a woody root.
Commonly referred to as eleuthero (biological name: eleutherococcus senticosus), this plant has been used for its medicinal properties by Eastern cultures since ancient times. Eleutherosides, it is believed, help stimulate one’s immune system, and the traditional uses of this herb include using it to increase vitality, longevity, and energy, whilst also using it to prevent flu and common cold.
In Russia, its use as an ‘adaptogen’ is rather common; an adaptogen referring to any substance which helps in dealing with mental/physical stress. In Chinese culture, this herb has been used to treat poor appetite, insomnia, angina, neurasthenia, as well as the suppression of bone marrow which comes about as a result or radiation or chemotherapy.
Its use in modern day medicine can also seen in treating conditions like high & low blood pressure, kidney disease, fibromyalgia, chronic tuberculosis, bronchirts, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
Little in the form of human testing has been done, and lab testing on animals using Siberian Ginseng extracts has shown that this herb comes with various beneficial properties. These include it working as an anti-inflammatory and immunogenic substance; helping with learning & memory; and helping in combating fatigue and improving endurance levels.
Siberian Ginseng for Herpes:
A study conducted using close to a hundred subjects suffering from the herpes type-2 virus went to show that using Siberian Ginseng could help in reducing the frequency of outbreaks associated with the condition. It also showed that when an outbreak did occur, it did not last as long as usual, and was also less severe. Again, how this herb works in addressing this condition does vary from person to person, and with no conclusive evidence in place, using it under medical supervision is suggested.
Siberian Ginseng comes in various forms, and this includes capsules, liquid extracts, as well as dried and powdered roots of the plant. If you’re using dried powder you’d be looking at using 2-3 grams each day; in capsule form you’d be looking at getting in between 300-500 mg each day; and in liquid form, around 8-10 ml each day should suffice. What should go without saying is that you need to choose carefully, and this is because the market is awash with cheap alternatives which come laden with adulterants.
When used in moderation and under right guidance, the use of this herb is considered to be largely safe. However, breastfeeding and pregnant women, as well as people suffering from the following conditions should refrain from using this herb in any form.
- Heart disease
- Mental disorders
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune diseases (like Crohn’ s disease or rheumatoid arthritis)
Probable side effects surrounding the use of Siberian Ginseng include headaches, vomiting, nosebleeds, insomnia, confusion, drowsiness, high blood pressure, and irregular beating of the heart. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important that you discontinue using the product you’re using with immediate effect and seek medical assistance at the earliest.
Siberian Ginseng is also known to have possible interactions with a number of medications like sedatives, drugs used to treat autoimmune disorders, anticoagulants, corticosteroids, medication for diabetes, etc. This makes it important that you consult with your doctor about using this herb especially if you are on an existing medication program.
All in all, as with most other treatment alternatives for herpes, Siberian Ginseng is not something that guarantees relief to all sufferers, although there are a number of people who have benefited by its use. If you are thinking about using it, make sure you adhere to the aforementioned points about its safety.