Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety With Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea, a native plant of arctic Siberia, also known as
Golden Root, is the latest natural remedy to join the arsenal of
natural anxiety and stress reducers.
For centuries it has been used by eastern European and Asian
cultures for physical endurance, work productivity, longevity,
resistance to high altitude sickness, and to treat fatigue,
depression, anemia, impotence,gastrointestinal ailments,
infections, and nervous system disorders.
The first recorded medicinal applications of rodia riza (renamed
Rhodiola Rosea) was made by the Greek physician, Dioscorides, in
77 C.E. in 'De Materia Medica'. Rhodiola Rosea has been included
in official Russian medicine since 1969.
Despite its long history, the Western world has only recently
become aware of its health benefits. It has come to the
attention of many natural health practitioners because of
studies, which tested its affects on combating anxiety and
The herb is considered an adaptogen. This means it has an
overall stabilizing effect on the body without disrupting other
functions. Its ability to normalize hormones may be effective
for treating depression and anxiety.
Studies show that it stimulates neurotransmitters and enhances
their effects on the brain. This includes the ability for the
brain to process serotonin which helps the body to adapt to
Since adaptogens improve the body's overall ability to handle
stress, it has been studied to identify it's effects on
biological, chemical and physical stress.
A study was performed to test the herbs effects when stress is
caused by intense mental work (such as final exams). Such tests
concluded that using this plant improved the amount and quality
of work, increasing mental clarity and reducing the effects of
These effects have also been tested on stress and anxiety from
both physical and emotional sources. A report by the American
Botanical Council states that "Most users find that it improves
their mood, energy level, and mental clarity." It can also
increase stress tolerance while at the same time protecting the
brain and heart from the physical affects of stress.
The generally recommended dose is 200-600mg/day. The active
properties should be a minimum 0.8 percent salidroside and 3
It is important for consumers to know that Rhodiola may be sold
using other species that do not share the properties of Rhodiola
Rosea, or at ineffective strengths for treatment. Anyone with
depression or anxiety should also check with a health
professional when treating these symptoms.