Rhodiola

Summary

Medicinal plant that improves physical and mental abilities, used mainly in cases of stress . Usually presented in the form of capsules or standardized extract.

names

Portuguese name: Rhodiola, golden root, dry root
Binomial name: Rhodiola rosea
French name: Rhodiola , rhodiole, racine d’or, orpin rose, racine arctique
English name: orpin rose, Golden Root, Roseroot, Aaron’s Rod
German name: Rosenwurz ,  Rhodiola
Italian name: Rhodiola
Spanish name: Rhodiola, Arctic root, Gold root

Family

Crassulaceae.

Constituents

Phenylpropane (rocavine), phenylethanol (salidroside – rhodioloside), flavonoids, tannins, phytosterols.

parts used

Rhizomes (like roots, are stems that grow horizontally and usually underground).

Effects

Improves physical and mental capacity, adaptogen (read the definition of the term in remarks).

Indications

Fatigue , mental or physical stress (asthenia), depression , against colds  (increased resistance).

Secundary effects

Restlessness and sleeplessness  may occur at very high dosages. [source: pharmavista.net, October 2010]

contraindications

Pregnancy and lactation. Please read the leaflet.

Interactions

None known (in our opinion). Please read the leaflet.

Preparations

Internal use
– Capsules or tablets- Standardized extracts- Infusion

– Powder (used in traditional Chinese medicine)

Where does it grow?

Rhodiola grows mainly in Asia and northern Europe. The origin of the plant seems to be from arctic regions. The plant grows mainly in the mountains (about 1000 m).

When to harvest rhodiola?

We are forced to wait four years. Thus, in the fourth year we can dig up the Rhodiola rhizome to make herbal preparations.

Comments

The results of several studies indicate that Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) would act favorably on cognitive performance and fatigue caused by stress. Another study in college students showed a significant improvement in well-being, fitness, coordination and a decrease in fatigue. This makes it the plant of choice for testing periods. Also, the Russian army or the Soviet past seems to have used this plant to improve their army’s performance.

– Rhodiola is a plant known for its efficiency, mainly for its adaptogenic properties. Other adaptogenic plants are: ginseng , ginkgo and
goji . An adaptogen plant, simply put, allows our body to more easily adapt to stressful situations.

– Rhodiola has been used for millennia in Siberia, or Mongolia and in northern Europe (Scandinavia), especially for its adaptogenic effect. The Vikings also used this plant.

– Researchers still do not know (updated 2013) the exact effects of this plant, it seems that the interaction of the active principles would explain the properties, especially against stress, of rhodiola.

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