Purple fruits of taiga root
Taiga root
[Eleutherococcus senticosus.]

Taiga root: invigorating for stress & exhaustion

Taiga root is a plant originally from Russia. Its great career started in the 1960s. There it became the subject of research of some Russian scientists. In folk medicine it has been known and appreciated for a long time as an immune-boosting agent. In naturopathy, taiga root is valued mainly for its adaptogenic properties. These must be enormous, because after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Russian government issued Eleutherococcus preparations to the population for protection against the consequences of increased radiation.

Taiga root facts

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... taiga root was used by the 1984 Russian Olympic team for fitness?

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What is taiga root?

Taiga root is a deciduous shrub up to 7m high, which bears characteristic black berries. It is native to Russia, Japan, China as well as North Korea and is also known as Siberian ginseng. This name was given to it in English-speaking countries because it is used in a similar way to Korean ginseng. Only the roots of Eleutherococcus are used medicinally. They are dried, sometimes ground and prepared as tea. Extracts or tinctures are also produced and used therapeutically. Today, taiga root is available everywhere in our country. Until 1990, the USSR banned the export of taiga root, which significantly reduced the market.

General and healing properties of taiga root

The basic knowledge


Taiga root is adaptogenic. It helps the body to lower the effect of existing stress and makes it resistant to stress itself. However, its effect goes beyond the physical level. People also become more mentally resistant when taking taiga root.


Taiga root is invigorating. After periods of intense illness, taiga root helps to rebuild the organism. It gives new strength to the body and mind and is perceived as a true fountain of youth.


Taiga root is immunostimulant. Studies have shown that taking taiga root increases the number of lymphocytes. This makes us better equipped to fight infections and stay healthy.

Eleutherococcus senticosus: Ingredients

The taiga root has a very varied spectrum of active ingredients. Despite the good breakdown of the ingredients, it is not yet conclusively clarified which substances cause which effect.

You can find the following ingredients in taiga root:

  • Lignans
  • Phenylpropanoids
  • Coumarins
  • Triterpene saponins
  • Sterols
  • Glucans

Taiga root: effect for body and mind

Taiga root has appeared on the stage of phytotherapeutics only for a few decades. In the 1960s, research in the Soviet Union began to take a closer look at taiga root. However, what has been found so far is remarkable and it is impossible to imagine modern practice without it. Especially as an adaptogen, it is an important helper in today's high-performance society, and its anti-cancer effects may prove to be even more valuable in the future, considering the ever-increasing numbers in this field. Taiga root makes the body and mind more resistant, gives more strength and makes external influences seem less strong. Its performance-enhancing and anti-fatigue effects have been confirmed in several studies and also made it a banned doping agent in sports. Today Eleutherococcus is consulted and successfully used in naturopathic practice for all manifestations of stress disease, cancer or immune issues.

Properties of taiga root

  • Immunostimulant
  • Adaptogen
  • Stress Reducing
  • Antiviral
  • Blood sugar lowering
  • Toning

Fields of application in naturopathy

[Eleutherococcus senticosus.]

Taiga root as an adaptogen has its applications mainly in immune issues and stress-induced symptoms. It is primarily used for this purpose.


Taiga root in stressful situations

Taiga root has been proven to lower the effect of existing stress on the body. Stress hormone levels decrease and the body regenerates. At the same time, taiga root also increases the sensitivity to stress. This means that the resistance to stress is strengthened and the person has more silent reserves, both physically and mentally.

Taiga root for lack of concentration

When there is no more energy and the exhaustion is too great, you can no longer concentrate. Taiga root promotes regeneration and restores strength so that you can concentrate and work mentally again.

Taiga root for sleep problems

In tense phases, you can no longer get any rest. The permanent overstimulation and the circling of thoughts rob sleep. A vicious circle of fatigue and lack of sleep begins. However, since Taiga Root gets to the root of the effects of stress, effects such as sleep disturbances recede and the person can recover during the night. It makes up ground and recharges the batteries.

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Taiga root for immunodeficiency

The ingredients of taiga root have been shown in several studies to measurably increase the amount of immune cells. In addition, taiga root intervenes on the stress cycle and reduces the amount of immunosuppressive endogenous cortisol, which is a stress hormone. A decrease in cortisol causes the immune system to be able to do its job again.

Taiga root is also used in naturopathy to treat cancer. On the one hand, the effect of taiga root is anti-cancer, but on the other hand, it supports the exhausted body and gives it strength. During chemotherapy it has been shown that the tolerance could be significantly increased and the side effects could be reduced, if taiga root was used in parallel. 

Taiga root for exhaustion

General exhaustion is physically always the result of stress. No matter what the actual cause was. As an adaptogenic plant, taiga root is therefore always worth a try in case of exhaustion. It restores strength to the body and helps it to recover optimally.

Taiga root in convalescence

Convalescence is also about strength and energy. Long, draining illnesses debilitate the body and literally suck the cells dry. Convalescence can be drastically shortened with taiga root. It is not a matter of going back to work immediately. After a long, serious illness, one should be glad to get back on one's feet faster and participate in life again.

Instructions for the use of taiga root

Taiga root is a component of mixed preparations, but is also often administered as a phytotherapeutic and monopreparation. Tablets and drops are common. Eleutherococcus should be taken three times a day for several weeks. After about 8 weeks, however, it should be paused. A curative application is useful.

Taiga root during pregnancy & lactation

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take taiga root due to lack of experience.

Taiga root for hypertension

In case of high blood pressure, taiga root should be taken only if the blood pressure is checked regularly. In case of an increase in blood pressure, Taiga root should be discontinued immediately.

Taiga root for anticoagulants

Patients taking anticoagulant medications should consult their physician, pharmacist or alternative practitioner before taking the product. In general, when taking taiga root in anticoagulant patients, the INR/Quick value should be checked regularly.

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Taiga root

Botanical name

Eleutherococcus senticosus

Plant family

Aralia family

Other designations

Taiga root, Siberian ginseng


July - August

Harvest time

from the third year


sunny to semi-shady



Flower color


Flower shape


Leaf color

light green

Leaf shape

round to oval

Sheet properties

dense thorn fuzz

Soil type

sandy to humic soils

Soil moisture

Dry to moist


Acidic to alkaline

Lime compatibility

lime tolerant

Nutrient requirements




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