Siberian ginseng is a genus of the panax (true ginseng) plant. Widely known as an adaptogen, a substance that may help assist people in dealing with physical and emotional stress, Siberian ginseng has been used to increase the capability to peform physical tasks and to relieve stress.
There are three varieties of ginseng: American, Asian (Korean/Panax), and Siberian. American and Asian ginsengs are best used to alleviate stress, fatigue, convalescence, and diabetes. Siberian ginseng is not only used for stress and fatigue, but is also believed to be helpful for a number of maladies including atherosclerosis, ulcerative colitis, and impaired kidney function. It is believed (based on a few Russian studies) that the active components in Siberian ginseng are superior to the other types. However, there is not enough credible evidence to substantiate this claim and Siberian ginseng does is not quite as popular as the Asian variety of ginsengs (Korean/Panax).
Siberian ginseng may increase your body's resistance to stress and prevent certain types of illness. Siberian ginseng may be useful when used in connection with stress and body fatigue caused by viruses, bacteria, chemicals, extreme working conditions, noise, and pollution. It has also been suggested that Siberian ginseng may help the body to recuperate when recovering from illness.
Many people claim that Siberian ginseng is very useful for increasing mental and physical performance. Specifically, it has been reported that Siberian ginseng can help to increase concentration, focus, and physical stamina. However, to date, these claims have not been substantiated by empirical evidence.
As a result of its stimulant effects, Siberian ginseng is a very popular herbal remedy. Some physicians, however, may suggest a patient use Siberian ginseng during periods of adjustment. Recommended Dosage
For adults the recommended dose of Siberian ginseng is 2 to 3 grams daily in the form of a tea or capsule. You can also take a tincture of herb and alcohol, or herb, alcohol, and water (1 part Siberian ginseng may be used in 5 parts liquid), to be taken in doses 5 mL three times daily. When making a ginseng extract, a mixture of 1 part herb is used in 1 part liquid. It is best when using solid extracts made from dried powdered root which contain at least 1 eleutheroside F. These should be taken in doses of 100 to 200 mg up to three times a day. When used for children it is recommended to cut the adult dosage according to the weight of the child. For instance, most herbal dosages for adults are calculated on the basis of a 150 lb (70 kg) adult, so if the child weighs 50 lb (20 to 25 kg), the appropriate dose of Siberian ginseng for this child would be one-third of the adult dosage.
It has been reported that ginseng should never be used in children for more than two weeks. You should always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any supplement.