Though little known as a medicinal plant, rhodiola, also known as rose root, has been used in traditional European medicine for centuries, mainly as a tonic.
Modern research has shown that it increases the body's resistance to any type of stress by regulating the body's hormonal response. Its use has been shown to have a protective effect upon the neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It improves neurotransmitter activity by inhibiting their enzymatic destruction and preventing their decline caused by excessive stress hormone release.
Rhodiola has been identified in clinical analysis as an adaptogen which increases the body’s resistance to a wide range of stress factors, whether chemical, physical or biological. It has been known to provide some relief for mental/physical fatigue as well as occasional anxiety and panic attacks.
MOOD ENHANCEMENT: Rhodiola enhances the transport of serotonin precursors into the brain and studies have shown that use of this herb can increase brain serotonin by up to 30%. Rhodiola stimulates the release of these good neurotransmitters (dopamine and norepineprine), down-regulates the enzymes that break them down and also increases the blood-brain permeabilty for these molecules. The result is mood enhancement and stress reduction.
WEIGHT LOSS: Rhodiola rosea, according to certain studies, seems to have the ability to mobilise adipose tissue and activate adipose lipase, a key enzyme required to burn the body’s fat stores.
ADDICTION: Rose root is also showing itself as a prime aid in breaking the addiction cycle. Studies have shown it to be especially helpful for overcoming cannabis addiction, but some herbalists expect its renown to grow rapidly for all manner of substances. Combines well with Damiana, Maca, Cordyceps.
Rhodiola may have additive effects with MAOIs, consult your physician if taking antidepressants. It can also cause have a sedating effect in large doses, therefore is contraindicated with other sedatives such as Benzodiazepines. There is insufficient information on the safety of Rhodiola during pregnancy and breastfeeding, therefore best avoided..