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Rhodiola

History

The fragrant Rhodiola rosea root, also known as roseroot, has been used throughout history in Iceland, Sweden, France, Russia, and Greece. Popular with the Vikings to enhance mental and physical endurance, this revered adaptogen was included in the first Swedish Pharmacopeia. In addition, the respected Greek physician, Dioscorides, discussed the virtues of this root in his De Materia Medica discourse in the first century A.D.*This plant started to appear in scientific literature from Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, The Soviet Union, and Iceland as early as 1725. It was popular with the Vikings for enhancing mental and physical endurance and was included in the first Swedish Pharmacopeia in 1775. Linnaeus wrote about Rhodiola's medicinal properties in 1749 in his Materia Medica.

Function

Rhodiola rosea root supports the functioning of the adrenal glands and encourages a healthy response to physical, emotional and mental stress by normalizing cortisol levels and other stress-related hormones. If used regularly, it functions to support the body's natural resistance and adaptation to stressful influences.* Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated a positive effect of Rhodiola root extract and a healthy mood.

Uses of Rhodiola

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

Rosavins and Salidrosides

Parts Used

  • Root

Important precautions

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