Rhadiolae roseae (Rhodiola)

Medical Indication

Part of the plant which can be used

  • The root of the plant.

Present in the market

  • Liquid extract.
  • Dry extract.

Medical Use and Dosage – mode of administration

RHODIOLA ROSEA is used in order to treat headaches, to strengthen the head, to enhance the intellect, to restore weak nerves, to relieve of swellings, to decrease of back pain and pain in joints, to increase hair growth (external use) and acts as astringent.
In dealing with stress related decreased performance ability with symptoms such as fatigue, sensation of weakness, irritability and mild anxiety, it can be used in liquid extract.
The suggested dosage is 5-10 drops (single dose), 15-30 minutes before the meal, 2-3 times daily. Duration of use: 10-20 days.
In dealing with mental and physical symptoms of stress, such as fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, irritability and slight anxiety, it can be used in dry extract. The suggested dosage is 1 tablet 1-2 times daily.
It also has protective effect upon the neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It improves neurotransmitter activity by inhibiting their enzymatic destruction and preventing their decline caused by excessive stress hormone release.
The root is adaptogen. It has an enhancing effect upon physical endurance and sexual potency.
A decoction of the flowers has been used to treat stomach aches and intestinal discomfort.

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Combinations & Contraindications

Rhodiola rosea can be combined with Eleutherocccus senticosus maxim.
The most common Rhodiola rosea side effects are irritability, sleeplessness, mild shakes, restlessness, and vivid dreams. If it is taken in high doses, or especially if it is taken in combination with another stimulant, the side effects could be heart palpitations and intense feeling of panic.
It is contraindicated to be used during pregnancy without medical surveillance.

Recognized Ethnobotanical use

Rhodiola is traditionally used as an adaptogen in order to offer temporary relief of symptoms of stress, such as fatigue and sensation of weakness.

Dissemination & Use