Burning the Midnight Oil?
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 20, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Used for over 2000 years in China and Russia to improve physical stamina and endurance and strengthen the immune system, Eleuthero has become one of the most popular herbs in North America – and for good reason!
Eleuthero is one of our best herbs for stress management, especially when you find yourself “burning the midnight oil” such as with work deadlines, exams, or other challenges.
Too much stress creates biochemical changes in the body that can cause a host of problems, including exhaustion, poor sleep, and lowered immunity.
Eleuthero strengthens the body’s ability to ‘adapt’ to stress (hence its classification as an adaptogenic herb). It does so by modulating the body’s major stress communication network, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal
By improving the body’s overall response to stress, all body systems are improved including immune system function.
Eleuthero is very similar in action to Ginseng (both Asian and American Ginseng) in that it supports energy levels and strengthens vitality. Unlike its Asian and American cousins, however, Eleuthero is nonheating and thus more suitable for those who should avoid overstimulation or aggravation of heat.
If you’re feeling overstressed or burned out, include Eleuthero in your stress-management program!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan