Do you have fibromyalgia and suffer from profound fatigue or depression? Are you exhausted all of the time? If so, consider adding the herb Eleuthero to your treatment program. Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), often referred to as Siberian ginseng, is used by many people, not only to restore energy, but also help to stabilize mood.
It is one of the most commonly prescribed herbs in the world due to its ability to help combat fatigue. It is also a tremendous stress buster. Eleuthero has also been demonstrated in a few research studies to improve mental performance and concentration.
In addition, it hasimmune system boosting effects and can help fight off infections. Fibromyalgia is associated with stressed out adrenal glands. Eleuthero functions as an adrenal gland booster that can boost adrenal function and improve physical stamina. In one clinical study, nine males used this herb at a dose of 800 mg a day for approximately two months. Compared to the placebo group, those taking Eleuthero demonstrated improved endurance and heart function.
This herb can be taken in many forms, such as a tincture, extract, or capsule. An easy way to take Eleuthero is in capsule form. You can begin at a starting dose of 500 mg a day. Increase the dose to twice a day over a few weeks. You should begin to notice how much better you feel as well as an improvement in your ability to cope with daily stresses.
Be aware that Eleuthero can thin the blood. If you are taking any prescription blood thinning medication such as Coumadin, be sure to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using this herb. To ensure safety and avoid drug interactions, consult a professional before using any herbs.
By Rich Snyder, DO
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