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Chi Wu Cha Overview

Chi Wu Cha has been a part of Chinese herbal treatments for over two thousand years. It is ideal for individuals with signs of chronic stress, adrenal & endocrine imbalances, and immune disorders. The Chi Wu Cha botanical was originally misidentified; hence the name Red Siberian Ginseng was attached. Native to northern Asia, the Chi Wu Cha botanical discovered by the scientific community to belong to the Araliaceae botanical family, which is a powerful natural ‘adaptogen’ and anti-oxident herb that helps improve adrenal and immune function. It is not directly related to the ginseng family of botanicals whatsoever.

Modern research has proven that plant Adaptogens help with adrenal imbalances, increase red and white blood cell counts in immuno-compromised patients, and improve exercise tolerance. Adaptogens also help to balance the immune system, the endocrine system, (such as the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands) and help protect against infections through their immune-stimulating actions. The word "Adaptogen" was originally a term coined by Russian researchers to describe a class of herbs which help the body adapt to the unrelenting stress of modern existence.

Adaptogens are so generally helpful that it is sometimes said, "When you don't know what to do...take Adaptogens." Adaptogenic botanicals are among the most well studied herbs in the medical literature. They can be thought of as “the healthy foundation” of the endocrine system.

Combats fatigue: A single-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in six baseball players assessed the effects of a 33% ethanol root extract on maximal work capacity. After each work test, maximal oxygen uptake, oxygen pulse, total work time and exhaustion time were measured. A significant improvement in all four parameters was observed in subjects treated with the extract (P < 0.01), including a 23.3% increase in total work time as compared with only a 7.5% increase following placebo treatment. [6]

Strengthens immune system: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study measured the effect of an ethanol extract of the roots (standardized to contain 0.2% w/v syringin) on the immune system, using quantitative multiparameter flow cytometry with monoclonal antibodies directed against specific surface markers of human lymphocyte subsets to determine cellular immune status. Subjects treated with the extract had a significant increase in the total number of immunocompetent cells (P < 0.0001), including lymphocytes (predominantly T-cells, T-helper/inducer cells and natural killer cells). A significant increase in activated T-cells was also observed (P < 0.01). [7]

Anti-depressive: The antidepressant activity of some phytopreparations and phenylpropanoids was studied in white rats, which were subjected to the desperation test and neuropharmacological tests based on the antagonist activity with respect to reserpine, clofelin, and L-DOPA. The most pronounced effect was exhibited by the extract of [Radix Eleutherococci], which produced a 56.4% decrease in the immobilization period in rats that was comparable with, albeit somewhat lower than the effect of amitriptyline (73.5%). [8]

Treats insomnia: Intraperitoneal administration of an aqueous root extract to mice (40-320mg/kg body weight) increased sleeping times up to 228% compared to controls treated with hexobarbital, and decreased sleep latency when given in conjunction with hexobarbital. [9]

Improves memory: Arushanyan (2003) studied the effect of [Radix Eleutherococci] on short-term memory and visual perception in healthy humans. It was reported that acute administration of liquid extract significantly improves short-term memory in healthy humans. [10]

Instructions for Chi Wu Cha

(1) #1 gel capsules one to three times daily as a super anti- stress supplement or brew a refreshing cup of tea twice daily

Toxicity Study

Radix Eleutherococci should not be used during pregnancy or lactation, or by patients with blood pressure in excess of 180/90mmHg (24/12kPa). Radix Eleutherococci is also contraindicated in cases of known allergy to plants of the Araliaceae family. Radix Eleutherococci will enhance the effectiveness of mycin class antibiotics.

The Herb

The Research

Herb definition
“ Radix Eleutherococci consists of the dried roots and rhizomes of Eleutherococcus senticosus. ”
British Herbal Medicine Association

Combats fatigue
“ Intragastric administration of an aqueous extract of the roots to mice (500 mg/kg body weight) decreased stress-induced enlargement of the adrenal gland, normalized a decrease in rectal temperature due to chronic stress, and enhanced sexual behaviour. Intragastric administration of an aqueous extract of the roots (500 mg/kg body weight) daily for 15 days prolonged the swimming times of rats. ”
Shoyakugaku Zasshi, 1985

Strengthens immune system
“ The constituents responsible for the characteristic biological effects of Radix Eleutherococci appear to be a complex mixture of phenylpropane derivatives of diverse structure, and various sugar polymers. The principal components of the former group are the lignans, (+)-sesamin (eleutheroside B4), (+)-syringares­inol and its monoglucoside (eleutheroside E1) and diglucoside (eleutherosides D and E); the simple phenylpropanes, syringenin and its monoglucoside (eleutheroside B); and the coumarins isofraxidin and its monoglucoside (eleutheroside B1). An immunostimulant polysaccharide complex and a glycan series (eleutherans A-G) have also been isolated from the drug. ß-Sitosterol and daucosterol (eleutheroside A) are the major sterols.”
Journal of Medical Association of Thailand

“ The mechanism of the antistress or adaptogenic activities of Radix Eleutherococci appears to be threefold. Extracts of the roots have an adaptogenic effect that produces a non-specific increase in the body’s defence against exogenous stress factors and noxious chemicals. The roots also stimulate the immune system, and promote an overall improvement in physical and mental performance.”
Farnsworth NR, Economic and medicinal plant research