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Rhodiola Rosea and Its Beneficial Properties
Biological Description
The peculiar herb named rhodiola has become known to western world just recently. Scandinavian countries and Russia are the areas where this plant gained wide popularity and has been commonly used. Rhodiola rosea is the member of the plant family called Crassulaceae and acquired several more folk names - "golden root" or "roseroot". The plant typically grows in the Arctic areas of Europe and Asia, in dry sandy ground at high altitudes. Usually the plant grows up to the height of 70 cm. This perennial produces yellow blossoms and has a thick rhizome, which is rose-fragrant when cut.
Fertile well drained open loam in a sunny position is the preferable habitat for rhodiola. It also grows well in damp conditions, but the plant should be cultivated in the well drained raised spot. If grown in a suitable location, the plant often self-sows, spreading the seeds.
 Parts Used
The medicinal part of rhodiola is its rhizome. Root is the used in various forms for a number of herbal preparations.
Rhodiola rosea herb is usually presented in market in capsule, tablet, and tea forms. The herb is also available in various extracts. Dosage ranges from 100 to 600 mg a day.
Major chemical compounds in rhodiola are spread within 6 distinct groups: phenolic acids, triterpenes, monoterpernes, flavanoids, phenylpropanoids and phenylethanol derivatives. Due to their powerful action rhodiola is commonly known to possess anti-fatigue, anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-stress, anti-hypoxic (protection against damaging effects of oxygen deprivation), immune stimulating and sexual enhancing properties. Rhodiola is also an effective adaptogen – its components increase organism’s resistance without disturbing biological balance.
Health Benefits
The history of rhodiola usage in medicinal purposes goes back to Vikings times, when the herb was used to enhance their physical strength and endurance. Traditional folk medicine applied rhodiola herb preparations to treat such conditions as impotence, gastrointestinal ailments, anaemia, infections, and nervous system disorders. Herbalists from Middle Asia strongly recommended rhodiola rosea tea as a treatment for the cold and flu, Mongolian healers prescribed the herb to handle more serious diseases like tuberculosis and cancer. Later, scientific researches proved that rhodiola is effective against leucorrhoea (vaginal discharge), pain, hemorrhoids, hernia, hysteria, and headache. Adaptogen properties of rhodiola make it a solution in radiation sickness treating. Other health conditions associated with rhodiola effectiveness are amenorrhea, mental and physical stress, insomnia, fatigue, hypertension, schizophrenia and asthenia.
Rhodiola's side effects are connected with the increased energy actions. They may include restlessness, irritability, increased heart rate and insomnia.
2012-02-06 13:33:16
If breastfeeding can I still use rhoiola>?
2010-06-11 12:06:15
its a wonderfull beautiful herb in my garden, in the beginning difficult to multiply, ...
2007-07-06 07:40:27
I could not believe how wonderful the effects were until I stopped taking it. When I went back on it --I felt amazing. It really helped with the stress and as an adaptogen. It has made a huge difference to my daily living
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