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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

(Panax quinquefolium)
Also see: Siberian Ginseng

CAUTION! Not advised in conditions of congestion, strong pulse, high blood pressure; overweight; loud or aggressive disposition.
AVOID if asthma, emphysema, inflammation, infection, colds, flu, or any acute disease is present.
Overuse or inappropriate use can lead to headache, insomnia, heart palpitations, rise in blood pressure.
Do NOT take with stimulants like coffee.
AVOID if on insulin or heart medications.


General tonic; considered to nourish; remove heat; and supplement the lungs.
Has been used for deficiency syndromes like: chronic fatigue, weakness, low body weight, quiet, tired, pale demeanor, lack of energy and low sex drive.
Raises energy level; can be overstimulating for people in normal health.
Stimulates immune system; helps reduce cholesterol; protects liver from toxins; increases nutrient absorption from intestine.
Primarily affects the pituitary.
The tea has been used for stress and flagging energy.

Only herb currently known to stimulate testosterone production.

(Eleutherococcus senticosus)
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CAUTION! Avoid during actute disease like colds, flu, active arthritis.

Primary adaptogen used as a general tonic.
Has been used as an adaptogen for stress by supporting adrenal function and increasing energy efficiency.
Helps normalize body functions.
Regular use said to improve general health and increase longevity, restore vigor, stimulate good appetite, combat stress, support the adrenal function, improve visual accuity (color perception), hearing acuity, protect against environmental pollutants and radiation.
Normalizes body temperature; regulates blood sugar levels; protect liver and enhance its ability to eliminate drugs; improve ability to resist infection; optimize adrenal function; improve cells' ability to use phosphoruscontaining energy molecules and to dispose of lactic acid.
Natural plant steroids are concentrated in the root.
Has been used for asthma, severe allergy, lack of energy, adrenal weakness, debility, exhaustion stress and depression.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH