Siberian ginseng is a thorny bush common in western Siberia, from the Amur to Sakhalin Island, and is commonly used in the popular medicine of Siberian populations. Russians in particular have used its roots as a cheaper substitute for the expensive Korean ginseng. Cosmonauts have relied on this nourishing herb to help them manage their rigorous training, while Olympic athletes have often used Siberian ginseng to maximize their potential. Siberian ginseng is considered by modern phytotherapy to be an "adaptogen" (a substance which helps the body to deal with, or adapt to, stress or adverse external conditions), as is Korean ginseng.
Was this article helpful?