Siberian Ginseng is a small and woody shrub in the family Araliaceae native to Northeastern Asia. Its Latin name is Eleutherococcus senticosus. In China, it is called Ci Wu Jia. The herb grows in mixed and coniferous mountain forests, forming low undergrowth or is found in groups in thickets and edges.
In China, the roots of this plant are said to have an adaptogenic effect. It exhibits cardiovascular as well as mood-enhancing and energy-enhancing effects. The products made from this root have been used for a wide variety of therapeutic purposes in Chinese medicine, e.g. to normalize high or low blood pressure, to stimulate the immune system, and to increase work capacity. Reputed effects include increasing body energy levels, protection from motion sickness and against toxins, control of alloxan-induced diabetes, reduction of tumors, and control of atherosclerosis.