Rhodiola rosea – nature’s antidepressant

Natural Health News – An herb used in traditional folk medicine for centuries Eastern Europe could be potential treatment option for depression, according to results of a new study.

Rhodiola rosea ( R. Rosea ), also known as golden root or roseroot, is commonly used in countries such as Russia and Scandinavia to increase endurance, longevity and resistance to various health with fatigue, altitude sickness and depression. Known as an adaptogenic herb (a herb that helps the body maintain balance during times of physical or emotional stress) this herbal remedy derived from the root of the plant is also very popular in Chinese


A small study in the journal Phytomedicine researchers at the University of Pennsylvania faced R. rosea draw against conventional antidepressant sertraline therapy for mild to moderate major depressive disorder.

Before the study, all 57 adults study participants showed two or more episodes of major depression, mood and / or loss of interest or pleasure in life activities for at least 2 weeks depressed, and symptoms include involuntary significant loss or gain, insomnia or oversleeping, fatigue and decreased ability to think or concentrate, and recurrent thoughts of death.

Participants received 12 weeks of standardized R. rosea extract, sertraline or placebo and changes in mood were monitored

Those who took Rhodiola and sertraline is 1.4 and 1.9 times more likely to experience improvement in their symptoms, respectively, after only 12 weeks than a placebo, a difference that was “not statistically significant”. in other words, scientists say the rhodiola perform the same as the pharmaceutical. – Except when it comes to side effects

the results showed that people taking sertraline experienced twice side effects – most commonly nausea and sexual dysfunction – that of R. rosea : 63% versus 30%, respectively, suggesting R. rosea might be a better option for people with mild to moderate major depressive disorder


More evidence

There is a lot of research on the therapeutic effects of Rhodiola much of it centered around its use as a remedy anti -stress, but it has also been shown to have heart protective properties even against cancer.

This is not the first study suggest rhodiola can be useful in cases of depression. A placebo-controlled study published in 2007 study Nordic Journal of Psychiatry also examined the effectiveness of R. rosea draw in individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate depression.

Participants were given 680 mg 340 mg daily (in divided doses) of R. rosea extract or a placebo for a period of six weeks.

At the end of that period, significant improvements in depression, emotional instability and insomnia has been demonstrated in the two groups receiving different doses of R. rosea extract compared to the group placebo.

A 2009 study also found that R. Rosea was a useful treatment for fatigue and exhaustion stress-related, and 20 to 13 scientists suggest you can have beneficial effects on longevity .

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