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Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)

Table 1. Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Common name(s) Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Part(s) Preparation

Eleutherococcus senticosus

  • Ci wu jia
  • Eleuthero
  • Siberian ginseng

Eleutherococcus senticosus



References: Proper name: USDA 2018; Common names: USDA 2018; McGuffin et al. 2000; Source material: Barnes et al. 2007, Hoffmann 2003.

Route of Administration

Oral (Bradley 2006; ESCOP 2003)

Dosage Form(s)

This monograph excludes foods or food-like dosage forms as indicated in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Acceptable dosage forms for the age category listed in this monograph and specified route of administration are indicated in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)



Adults 18 years and older


Methods of preparation: Dry, Powder, Non-Standardised Extracts (Dry extract, Tincture, Fluid extract, Decoction, Infusion)

0.91 - 6.0 grams of dried root, per day (Bradley 2006; ESCOP 2003; Hoffmann 2003; Blumenthal et al. 2000; Mills and Bone 2000).

Direction(s) for use

No statement required.

Duration(s) of Use

Consult a health care practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/physician for use beyond 1 month (ESCOP 2003).

Risk Information

Caution(s) and warning(s)


Do not use this product if you have high blood pressure (Brinker 2010; Barnes et al. 2007; Blumenthal et al. 2000; Mills and Bone 2000; McGuffin et al. 1997).

Known adverse reaction(s)

No statement required.

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.

Storage conditions

No statement required.


References Cited

References Reviewed