For centuries, Eastern cultures have used Siberian and Korean ginseng to treat stress, boost energy and sharpen mental acuity. Although both herbs are called ginseng, they belong to different families of plants and have different active ingredients.
Korean ginseng, a true ginseng plant, contains ginsenosides, chemicals that are believed to work with the adrenalin gland and immune system to fight fatigue and build resistance. Eleuthero, the actual name of the plant known as Siberian ginseng, contains eleutherosides that also enhance immunity and help the adrenalin gland fight stress.
Studies have shown Korean ginseng reduces blood sugar and may repair kidney damage, making it a promising treatment for diabetes. Research on eleuthero suggests the herb assists recovery from disease by bolstering the kidneys' ability to fight toxins. Limited research also suggests eleuthero may protect cancer patients against chemicals used in chemotherapy and exposure to radiation.
Doses and Side Effects
Herbalists recommend a daily dose of 200 to 400 milligrams for both Korean ginseng and eleuthero. Both come in capsule form. Side effects for both herbs are as mild and include insomnia, nausea, diarrhoea and vaginal bleeding.