Last Updated: September 28 2022

Eleutherococcus senticosus is an adaptogen and herb that may increase work capacity during strenuous aerobic activity. It also has anti-stress and potential immunity-boosting effects.

Eleuthero is most often used for


Eleutherococcus senticosus, commonly known as Siberian ginseng, is an herb used in traditional medicine to combat fatigue. It is an adaptogen compound.

Preliminary evidence suggests that Eleutherococcus senticosus can improve physical performance during periods of high intensity exercise. Unfortunately, this effect is not very reliable. The studies that showed the most promise for Eleutherococcus senticosus also had the worst methodology. Though additional research is needed to confirm Eleutherococcus senticosus’s ergogenic effect, it cannot be disproven either.

Preliminary in vitro (outside the body) and animal research suggests Eleutherococcus senticosus supplementation can provide a variety of protective effects for cognition, meaning it can protect the brain from harm. Again, further research is needed to confirm these effects.

What else is Eleuthero known as?
Note that Eleuthero is also known as:
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Ciwujia
  • Acanthopanax Senticosus
  • Eleuthero
  • Eleutherococcus Senticosus
Dosage information

The standard dose for Eleutherococcus senticosus is 300-1,200mg, though the 2-4g range and more have been traditionally recommended.

The most common form of Eleutherococcus senticosus supplements are root and stem extracts, though leaf extracts have been used as well.

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