Thursday, August 1st 2002
Siberian Ginseng is notable for its ability to support and enhance adrenal function.
Optimal adrenal function is associated with greater energy and better reaction to stress.
Stress takes its toll on our bodies daily. Psychological, emotional and physical stress has all been shown to affect the body. Most easily measured are the physical stresses such as physical labour, strenuous exercise, poor diets and environmental pollution. While stress can eventually wreak havoc on a number of body systems, its initial target is the adrenal glands.
Use of Siberian Ginseng dates back 2,000 years in the records of Chinese medicine who believed it provided energy and vitality. Over the past few years, Siberian Ginseng's ability to increase stamina and endurance was so well regarded that the Russian cosmonauts used it instead of the amphetamines taken by American astronauts. Soviet Olympic athletes used it to enhance their training and then went on to dominate many of the endurance sports. Explorers, divers, sailors and miners used Siberian Ginseng to prevent stress related illness. After the Chernobyl nuclear accident, many Russian citizens were given Siberian Ginseng to counteract the effects of radiation.
Enhanced mental performance
The most common response to mental fatigue in our society is to grab a cup of coffee. You can even buy herbal supplements such as Guarana that are high in caffeine to increase mental alertness. Siberian Ginseng has been shown to enhance mental acuity without the let down that comes with caffeinated products.
Siberian Ginseng is available as a single encapsulated product and a new herbal product combines the anti-anxiety effects of Kava with the stress reducing effects of Siberian Ginseng.
Reproduced unabridged from the August/September 2002 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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