Siberian ginseng was used in Eastern Europe as a folk remedy for hundreds of years, but it was not until the 1940s that it became a popular herb in Russia and Europe. The Russian physician Brekhman. Brekhman is credited with making Siberian ginseng popular.
Siberian ginseng, also known as Eleuthero, is a thorny shrub native to eastern Russia, northern China, and Japan. It is not actually a true ginseng from the Panax genus but the name was coined due to similar adaptogenic properties. Adaptogen is a phrase coined by Soviet scientists in the 1960s to describe herbs that increase the body’s vitality in order to better adapt to physical and mental stress.
Although Eleutherococcus senticosus is not related to true ginseng (Panax ginseng), the name Siberian ginseng became popular because the two plants shared some similar properties. Use of Siberian ginseng may date back over 2,000 years in China.
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