Although in the same family as Red Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng belongs to a different genus. Unscrupulous traders have sometimes used it to adulterate Red Ginseng, which is a good deal more expensive. Siberian Ginseng has mostly been studied by Russian researchers, who had observed that Reindeer that ate the root at the onset of winter managed to better sustain themselves through the dark season than those had not eaten the root. Siberian Ginseng is one of the few herbs that can help the body to deal with radiation. In Russia it was given to people who have been affected by the Chernobyl disaster.
Siberian Ginseng is primarily used as a tonic to help the body adjust to environmental, physical and emotional stress. It regulates the endocrine system, thus normalising blood pressure and blood sugar levels, while improving the immune response. It balances the peaks of excitability and can be a very valuable aid in conditions such as manic depression, ADD and ADHD. It also helps to address adrenal and thyroid exhaustion and can be used in cases of stress, burn-out and nervous debility. It has been used to clear mental fog and to aid concentration. Siberian Ginseng can be a valuable aid in cases of radiation exposure and as a supportive remedy during radiation therapy.
Can be used as a talisman or amulet for balance, resilience and inner strength, or as a meditation tea to gain clarity and to help focusing the mind.