Rhodiola Rhodiola rosea

  • Common Names
  • Rhodiola , Golden Root, Roseroot, Aaron's Rod
  • Botanical Name
  • Rhodiola rosea
  • Syn. Rhodea rosiola , R. kirilowii,
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Rhodiola

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How to Use: Rhodiola

Rhodiola is an adaptogen, and acts in a similar fashion as ginseng. In traditional medicine, rhodiola root was prepared as a tea, and given in treatment of colds, anemia and to enhance fertility and sexual function. Modern research suggests rhodiola may support memory and focus, and relieve depression. Clinical trials have found Rhodiola rosea roots and rhizomes demonstrated anti-depressive activity in patients with mild to moderate depression, with less drug/herb interaction than the better known St. Johns Wort.1,2

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Teas,capsules and tinctures

Rhodiola Side Effects: Use the smallest recommend dose of rhodiola that provides a benefit when treating depression, or erectile dysfunction. In larger doses it becomes a sedative. Not suitable for bipolar disorders. Do use use while pregnant. 1

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Plant Description

  • Flowers:Single yellow flower
  • Plant Class:Flowering Perennial Plant, dioecious (having separate female and male plants).
  • Leaves: Several shoots grow from the same thick root. Shoots reaches 5 to 35 cm in height.
  • Fruit:
  • Preferred Habitat: High altitudes, arctic regions
  • Flowering Season:Flowers once during the arctic summer
  • Distribution: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, China, Mongolia, and Russia, and also of Tibet

Regional Traditions :Traditional Chinese Medicine *

How to Grow Rhodiola

Climate change is expected to lead to loss of medicinal species native to Arctic and alpine regions. Rhodiola rosea of the Canadian Arctic and snow lotus (Saussurea laniceps) of the Tibetan mountains are specifically identified as medicinal species that could face significant threats from climate change.