Ciwujia root extract is an ingredient commonly used in diet pills as well as supplements used for many other purposes. The ingredient is obtained from the root of a plant for medicinal uses. It is frequently labeled as an “adaptogen,” which is a term commonly used to describe substances that are claimed to boost overall wellness and strength while enhancing general resistance to health stresses associate with daily life. The term adaptogen is non-medicinal and is not used to describe medications and drugs.
There are many different names by which ciwujia root extract is known. Therefore, a label for diet pills may list this substance under any of a spectrum of different names, including acanthopanax senticosus, ci wu jia, ciwujia, devil’s shrub, devil’s bush, north wu jia pi, phytoestrogen, eleutherococci radix, ussurian thorny pepperbush, wu-jia, wild pepper, thorny bearer of free berries, Siberian ginseng, Siberian eleuthero, shigoka, Russian root, and many others.
Aside from being used as a type of adaptogen, ciwujia root extract is also taken for many other purposes. As mentioned, this includes diet pills for weight management. That said, it also includes low blood pressure, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (artery hardening), rheumatic heart disease, flu, colds, chronic bronchitis, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, ADHD, tuberculosis, and the side effects of chemotherapy for cancer, such as improving the appetite and supporting the immune system.
Some manufacturers will also add ciwujia root extract to skin care products for a range of different purposes.
This ingredient is frequently misidentified as other substances with similar but different names. Moreover, it is important to use only products containing this substance from trustworthy sources. The reason is that poorly sourced versions of ciwujia root extract are adulterated with other substances. It’s important to be careful which other substances are combined with this ingredient because its benefits can be altered easily. One common adulterant of this ingredient is silk vine.
It’s a good idea to speak with your doctor or another licensed health care provider if you want to take a product that contains this ingredient. The reason is that it is not appropriate for everyone. It conflicts with a wide spectrum of prescription and over the counter medications.
Research has shown that ciwujia root extract may be helpful to those with bipolar disorder and people who want to manage cold symptoms when combined with andrographis, another herb. It may also be helpful for assisting people with herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2) symptoms. Early research suggests it may be beneficial to people following a healthy weight loss strategy.