Eleutherococcus senticosus - Siberian Ginseng
Dried organic root tincture - 1:3 30%
Made using Organic herbs, Spring water & Medical Grade alcohol
Shake well. 2-3 ml (half dropper) 1 - 3 times a day. Best under the tongue and held for 30 secs. Alternatively Can also be added to water or juice. For best effect use regularly.
Rumour has it that Siberian Ginseng was the first ever herb to have the term “Adaptogen” applied to it. Adaptogens are a unique group of herbal ingredients which help your body adjust to stressful circumstances, ranging from extreme heat or cold to infections or trauma.
Siberian Ginseng aids in the recovery from strenuous exercise and extreme mental exertion. Its adaptogenic qualities make it a must have herb for those engaged in highly stressful jobs or high energy activities. It is also extremely useful to those working in abnormally high or low temperature environments.
Another important action of an adaptogen is “immunomodulation” – a process by which an immune response is altered to the desired level. This is partly achieved by recharging exhausted adrenal glands - when these glands become over-taxed leading to different systems in the body to break down.
Siberian ginseng consists of a group of glycosides known as eleutherosides. The evidence is mounting that Siberian Ginseng enhances and supports immune system response, making it a possible natural alternative in the long term management of various diseases of the immune system. German research has shown that it increases lymphocytes – important components of the immune system which act as the body’s primary defence against viral infections. They found that Siberian Ginseng significantly increases the activity and number of CD4 cells, a subset of T-lymphocyte cells, whose proper activity is crucial to the ability of the immune system to function normally.
The jury is still out as to how Siberian Ginseng achieves this powerful effect on the immune system, with some researchers believing it induces increased interferon biosynthesis (interferon is a powerful chemical which boosts immune-system activity). Others attribute its success to the naturally occurring polysaccharides (long chain sugar molecules), which stimulate the activity of special white blood cells called “macrophages”. Macrophages play a number of roles in the immune system, including the breakdown of infected cells and the stimulation of other immune cells.
Energy Enhancement – Mental and Physical
Classed as a tonic herb and a mild stimulant, Siberian Ginseng has the ability to increase your work capacity after a single dose, increasing both immediate and long term energy.
Besides protecting the body from stress, Siberian Ginseng also increases oxygenation of the cells, thereby increasing endurance, alertness and even visual acuity. This increased oxygenation leads to better circulation – especially to the brain – helping to restore memory, concentration and mental clarity.
A favourite supplement for professional runners, Siberian Ginseng delivers a powerful energy boost. It is so popular that it’s hard to find any runners who do not take it before a race – simply because they cannot outrun the other competitors who do use it.
This adaptable herb is beneficial to both men and women in the realm of sexual health. In women it supports healthy menstruation and uterine tone. It is often prescribed by herbalists to combat infertility related depression and fatigue. Offering a fertility boost to men too, a recent study found it significantly raises free testosterone levels resulting in a better sperm count and motility.
How HealthTea Tinctures Work
Tinctures are a convenient way to deliver the healing power of herbs quickly and easily. A tincture is a liquid preparation made by steeping a herb for several weeks in a blend of alcohol and water. Through this process the alcohol extracts chemicals from the plant material that water alone cannot, creating a concentrated herbal extract. The alcohol also acts as a preservative, giving the solution a long shelf life. The solution is then strained to remove debris and the liquid extract is bottled for consumption.
Tincture Strength Ratios and Alcohol Content
The strength of the tincture is usually stated on the label in the form of an extraction ratio, for example, 1:3. This means they have used one part herb for every three parts liquid. In other words, one kilogram of herb was steeped in three litres of solution.
Because the solution is typically made of a mix of water and alcohol, the percentage of alcohol used is also presented on the labels. For example, 45% volume means 45% alcohol, 55% water.
What Percentage of Herb is in a Tincture?
We often get asked how much percentage of a herb is in a tincture. And while it may seem like a straightforward question, it doesn’t have a straightforward answer.
Some variants to consider include:
the length of steeping process
each herb reacts differently in the alcohol and water solution according to its intrinsic chemical makeup
the final preparation is a concentrated extract of the herb, which can include varying amounts of dregs of the actual herb
It is therefore impossible to gage how much of the actual herb is present in the final preparation without proper laboratory testing. We do not have the capacity to test each batch of every tincture we get and rely on the ratios and alcohol percentages that are given by our suppliers to communicate as much information about the tinctures as possible to our customers.
How to Take a Tincture
Our tinctures come with a pipette or dropper, which when full, measures at 1ml or about 20 drops.
Because tinctures are concentrated, you only need to take a small amount. And while we always recommend you speak to a medical or herbal practitioner for advice on how much to take for varying conditions, the suggested use we state on our labels is usually between 2ml to 3ml up to three times a day.
Being in liquid form, the chemical constituents of the herb enter your bloodstream rapidly. Tinctures can be taken in a little water or juice. For children or those who wish to avoid alcohol, add tincture to boiling water and leave for ten minutes, which allows most of the alcohol to evaporate.
If you have any doubts about how to take tinctures or whether you should be using them, please consult a registered medical herbalist
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