Siberian ginseng is a completely different herb from the ginseng grown in the US. Its active ingredients (called eleutherosides) may be helpful in stimulating the immune system. The herb itself has traditionally been used to prevent colds and flu, and boost energy and vitality, and may even have a role as an aphrodisiac. (Hey, if you’re stuck in Siberia, you can probably use all the help you can get.) And while there is some evidence that taking Siberian ginseng may reduce the length and severity of colds and boost immune function, there’s little to no evidence that it can help boost fertility. It’s generally safe to use but should be avoided if you’re already pregnant or breastfeeding, and if you have high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders or heart disease.
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