Eleurthero, a plant has been around for thousands of years. It's been used to boost the immune system and to fight off everyday colds and flu's. It's a powerful adaptogenic herb which, like ginseng, gives the body what it needs.
Wikipedia's definition of an herbal adaptogen is "a natural herb product that is proposed to increase the body's resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. In the past, they have been called rejuvenating herbs, qi tonics, rasayanas, or restoratives. All adaptogens contain antioxidants, but antioxidants are not necessarily adaptogens."
Ginseng is probably my favorite adaptogen but Eleuthero runs a close second. In fact, Eleuthero is a relative of red ginseng. Both of these Chinese herbal medicine plants have documented use since about 190 AD. The root holds the medicinal value and is usually boiled into a tea. Eleuthero is native to Siberia and Korea but also grows in other parts of the world. It likes to enjoy a dark, damp forest like those in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Northern California. It was re-discovered by a Soviets after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident and dispensed to treat radiation exposure.
Here's a short video by Chris Kilham on Eleuthero. Enjoy and thanks for reading.