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  Rhodiola rosea  
 
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Rhodiola rosea, also known as golden root or Arctic root, is a popular plant in traditional medical systems in Eastern Europe and Asia with a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance, eliminating fatigue, and preventing high altitude sickness. Rhodiola rosea has been categorized as an adaptogen by Russian researchers due to its observed ability to increase resistance to a variety of chemical, biological, and physical stressors. Its claimed benefits include antidepressant, anticancer, cardioprotective, and central nervous system enhancement.

Research also indicates great utility in asthenic conditions (decline in work performance, sleep difficulties, poor appetite, irritability, hypertension, headaches, and fatigue) developing subsequent to intense physical or intellectual strain. The adaptogenic, cardiopulmonary protective, and central nervous system activities of Rhodiola rosea have been attributed primarily to its ability to influence levels and activity of monoamines and opioid peptides such as beta-endorphins. [Altern Med Rev 2001;6(3): pp.293-302]
 

 
 

Rhodiola rosea can help with the following:
 
 
Circulation  Hypertension

Immunity

  Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Infections

  Colds and Influenza

Mental

  Stress
 To successfully combat stress and stressful situations, adaptation is required. Adaptation might be best thought of as the ability to be exposed to a stressor, while responding with either decreased or no characteristic hormonal perturbations. Adaptation also implies being prepared to and capable of rapidly reassuming homeostasis after the stressor is withdrawn. Rhodiola is one of several adaptogens.

The utility of plant adaptogens is analogous to the training an athlete undergoes in order to prepare for competition. Plant adaptogens cause our physiology to begin the adaptation process to stress. When a stressful situation occurs, consuming adaptogens generates a degree of generalized adaptation (or non-specific resistance) that allows our physiology to handle the stressful situation in a more resourceful manner.

  Depression

Metabolic

  Headaches, Migraine/Tension
  Insomnia

Risks

  Cancer / Risk - General Measures

Uro-Genital

  Amenorrhea
 
 


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May do some good
Likely to help