Eleutherococcus mother tincture for Herbal Naturopathy: properties, benefits, uses, side effects

Eleutherococcus mother tincture has adaptogenic and immunostimulating properties useful in case of fatigue, difficulty concentrating, stress and convalescence.

Properties of Eleutherococcus mother tincture

Eleutherococcus is a plant traditionally used as an adaptogen, that is, as a remedy able to support the organism in moments of strong physical and mental stress and as a tonic in case of debilitation.

The drug of eleutherococcus is represented by the root that contains eleutherosides, a heterogeneous group of compounds which are attributed the properties of the plant.

In fact, these active ingredients are responsible for the tonic and adaptogenic properties of eleutherococcus, which has always been used as a substitute for ginseng to counteract fatigue, support the body’s natural defenses and improve memory and concentration in study and work.

The administration of eleutherococcus mother tincture is therefore indicated in states of stress and overexertion, asthenia, convalescencepsycho-physical exhaustion, excessive fatigue, or to improve the body’s response during seasonal changes. In addition, this remedy is useful for improving sports performance and cognitive abilities, promoting concentration and memory, for example when preparing for exams.

Description of the plant

Eleutherococcus (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is a small thorny shrub native to eastern Siberia, China and Korea and belonging to the Araliaceae family. The plant, which can reach heights of 1.5-2.5 meters, has a light gray or brown bark and deciduous leaves with long petioles, webbed and composed of five lobes with finely serrated margins and tiny thorns along the veins.

The flowers are small and grouped like an umbrella: the male ones are violet-purple, while the male ones have a yellow-green color.

The fruits are fleshy and oval, reddish-black berries, and contain five seeds. The root, which constitutes the drug of the plant, is fleshy and flexible, brown in color, while the rhizome is lighter and more wrinkled. Eleutherococcus is also called “Siberian ginseng” , “Russian ginseng” and “taiga root”.


The eleutherococcus drug – that is, the part of the plant used – corresponds to the root harvested in autumn from adult plants. For the preparation of mother tinctures, the fresh plant in alcohol is used. Eleutherococcus mother tincture is prepared with a drug: solvent weight ratio of 1 : 5 and an alcohol content of 40% vol.

Use and contraindications

Internal use: the dosage for adults and adolescents is equal to 10-15 milliliters of mother tincture per day to be taken in three doses per day, diluting the tincture in water. Generally the mother tincture of eleutherococcus is administered in the morning upon awakening , in the morning and in the early afternoon in case of stress, fatigue, intense efforts, asthenia, convalescence, immune deficiency.

The use of eleutherococcus mother tincture should not be continued for 4-6 weeks and no later than two months. In any case, if symptoms persist after two weeks of administration, it is advisable to consult your doctor.

At high dosages, for prolonged times or in case of association with other remedies having the same effect, the mother tincture of eleutherococcus can cause insomnia, irritability and tachycardia.

The tincture is not recommended in children under the age of 12in pregnant and breastfeeding women and in case of hypersensitivity to one or more components.

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