Eleutherococcus senticosus, also known as Devils Bush is part of the Araliaceae plant family. Originates fromssouthern regions of Russia, Siberia, China and various parts of the Far East.
Siberian ginseng is native to eastern Russia, China, Korea, and Japan. It is a hardy, deciduous plant, growing to about ten feet with up to seven toothed leaflets on each stem. The root is much more branched and hairy than other varieties. Although it can be grown from seed, it is a difficult plant to germinate. However, this variety is considered more adaptable and matures more quickly than others, making it less expensive to cultivate.
Siberian ginseng can help those exposed to toxic chemicals and radiation, and was given to people following the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986. It is also used by Russian cosmonauts and many of their athletes to improve stamina and resistance to stress.
antiviral (stimulates production of interferon and enhances natural killer cells and antibody activities)