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Illegal in The USA
Because of the confusion it can cause, it is currently illegal to market Eleutherococcus Senticosus under the Ginseng name in the USA, where Panax ginseng is the only accepted "true" ginseng (and all the others can just go home and find themselves another name!). Personally, I find it much easier to remember Siberian Ginseng than Eleutherococcus Senticosus, so, with apologies to North American readers, I will continue to refer to this ingredient as Siberian Ginseng.
So What's In This Name?
The Siberian Ginseng root contains a mixture of components called eleutherosides. These are thought to be responsible for some of the measured medicinal effects (antioxidant, antiflammatory and adaptogen). The root also contains polysaccharides, which have been found to boost the immune system (so far only documented in animal tests). And for topical use (here comes the fun part), Siberian Ginseng assists in firming, toning and lifting sagging skin. What's even better – it is non-invasive and safe for all-over use – even the delicate eye area.
The Herbal Lift
There is extract of Siberian Ginseng root (in a relatively modest dose of 5%) in my Herbal Repair Toning Eye Solution and in larger doses (up to the recommended max 10% dosage) in a few of my face serums, body-firming gels and lotions. I have used it for years. Has it given me a face lift? It would be impossible to say exactly how much could be attributed specifically to Siberian ginseng, but it is my impression and experience that it does indeed make a difference. After having used it successfully in my eye solution for a year, I had a fit of outrageous luxury and decided to do an all out full dose in a body lotion for myself. It did make a visible difference to my arms after just a couple of weeks use. I was completely sold, and all of the body lotions I do for myself have had a full dose since.
Fact Tidbit: Known Side Effect Of Internal Use
People with medicated high blood pressure should consult their doctor before taking E. senticosus supplements because it may reduce their need for medication.