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The Natural Answer to Stress and Anxiety

Mar 26, 2008
Rhodiola or Rhodiola Rosea root, is a native of arctic Siberia. Historically it has been used by European and Asian peoples to aid physical endurance, work fatigue, extending longevity, giving resistance to altitude sickness, and helping to treat fatigue, depression, anemia, impotence, gastrointestinal ailments, infections, and nervous system disorders.

The first occurance of a medicinal application of rodia riza Rhodiola Rosea was made by a Greek physician named Dioscorides, in 77 BC in 'De Materia Medica'. Rhodiola Rosea has been included in official Russian medicine since 1969.

Despite its long history, the Western world has only recently become aware of the health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea. It has come to the attention of many natural health practitioners because of studies which tested its affects on combating anxiety and stress.

Rhodiola Rosea is considered an adaptogen. This means it has an overall stabilizing effect on the body without disrupting other functions. Its ability to normalize hormones may be effective for treating depression and anxiety.

Studies of the amazinly versitile Rhodiola Rosea demonstrate that it enhances neurotransmitters and adds to their effects on the brain. This includes the ability for the brain to process serotonin which helps the body to adapt to stress.

Since adaptogens improve the body's overall ability to cope with stress, it has been further studies commisioned to identify it's effects on biological, chemical and physical stress.

A study was performed to test the effects of Rhodiola Rosea when stress is caused by intense mental work (such as final exams). Such tests concluded that using Rhodiola Rosea improved the amount and quality of work, increasing mental clarity and reducing the effects of fatigue.

The effects of Rhodiola Rosea Root have also been studied on the effects of stress and anxiety from physical and emotional sources. A recent report by the American Botanical Council showed that "Most users find that it improves their mood, energy level, and mental clarity." They also reported on another study that concluded Rhodiola Rosea could increase stress resistance whilst also giving protection to the brain and heart from the physical affects of stress.

This report included details of studies which highlight the overall health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea.

The generally recommended daily dose is around 600mg/day. The active properties should be a minimum 0.8 percent salidroside and 3 percent rosavin.

It is important that anyone considering taking Rhodiola, should enquire more about how it may be sold, as using other species that do not share the properties of Rhodiola Rosea will be at ineffective strengths for treatment.

The more authentic information about Rhodiola you research and absorb, the more likely people are to consider you a Rhodiola Rosea expert. Read on for even more Rhodiola Rosea facts that you can share with your friends. So that's the latest from the Rhodiola authorities and researchers. Once you're familiar with these ideas, you'll be ready to move to the next level. For more information, visit rhodiola.co.uk
About the Author
Keith Woolley is Chief Scientific Director of Boots Herbal Stores, in Staffordshire, UK. Rhodiola Rosea is one of the herbs that is now realising world wide attention. For more Information on Rhodiola Rosea Click Here . Again, take care of inferior brands and potencies that will be effective.
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