Rhodiola Rosea FAQ

Understanding the many different ways rhodiola rosea works and why this adaptogen transcends the nebulous hype of most natural herbal remedies can be a bit challenging. Over the years I’ve received thousands of different questions through this website, and most of them tend to center around a few of the same themes.

From understanding why one would want to take rhodiola rosea to understanding how to cope with potential side effects, the questions I’ve received have had a distinct and reoccurring theme. So to help people find quick answers to their most pressing questions I have gathered these questions and answers together into a single, succinct FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). I hope this helps you quickly grasp the benefits of rhodiola and the most pertinent facts about what it is, where it comes from and how it should be used. Read on to read the most common rhodiola questions and their answers. Continue reading

Rhodiola In the Future

One can probably muster some cynicism when it comes to wondering why safe, natural treatments like Rhodiola Rosea are passed over for more profitable developments by pharmaceutical companies. But when you look at the foundation of evidence and promise available for Rhodiola Rosea, you still muster hope as well. Hope that someone will appreciate how and why it deserves some controlled clinical trials in the United States. Hope that a safe, inexpensive herbal remedy might elicit the curiosity of a few good researchers.

With so many promising benefits and so few side effects, I expect this change any day. But in this section of Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, Dr. Richard Brown, and Dr. Zakir Ramazanov implored the science community to explore the possibility of rhodiola research a full ten years ago. I still hold to the promise that the science community will want to see what can be done with the promising properties of this natural herbal remedies. The default skepticism for anything considered natural or herbal should be replaced with the curiosity and creativity for how to isolate and amplify the beneficial properties of something like R. rosea or its rosavins.

Read on to learn why Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, Dr. Richard Brown, and Dr. Zakir Ramazanov felt hope and urgency for additional research. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea In Modern Medicine

So how will we use Rhodiola rosea in modern medicine? To better understand where modern research begin and who pioneered the research that led to our current understanding of the benefits of rhodiola, we have to start with the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. Then we move to the progressive researched conducted by Europeans and Scandinavians. And then where we go from here? Relatively recent pharmacological studies may indicate the way as suggested by this part of our reformatting of the classic research aggregated and discussed in Rhodiola Rosea: A Phytomedicinal Overview.

Read on to develop a better understanding modern research for the modern uses of this potent adaptogen. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Phytochemistry

A result of the increased interest in rhodiola rosea has led to the proliferation of lesser grade supplements. By lesser, I mean some manufacturer use different species of this plant or even different plants altogether along with Rhodiola rosea in their supplement. In large part, this may be due to a misunderstanding of the key compounds in R. rosea that provide the benefits touted by so many people in the natural health industry. Rosavin, rosin, and rosarin, collectively called rosavins, are specific and unique to R. rhodiola and not in other species (like Rhodiola crenulata). While many of these species have very few side effects, only R. rosea features the abundant benefits proposed and supported by real rhodiola research.

Read on to learn more about the history and evolving understanding of rhodiola rosea phytochemistry and what specific compounds can be found in a quality extract. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview

In this comprehensive overview originally published in the Herbal Gram newsletter in 2002 then soon after republished with permission on Rhodiola Rosea, Dr. Richard Brown, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg and RhodiolaRosea.Org founder Dr. Zakir Ramazanov aggregate and evaluate nearly 100 different pharmacological and clinical studies to ascertain the efficacy of leveraging this herbal remedy for various healthful purposes. An extensive list of rhodiola benefits are posited, explored and either negated or validated.

The authors methodically begin with the use of R. rosea in traditional medicine then trace the evolution of our understanding and usage of this potent adaptogen through to its potential future uses. The side effects and toxicity is explored and the wide range of uses, from applications for stress and anxiety through the enhancement of mental and physical performance, are detailed with extensive references cited to support their position. Read on to help determine if this supplement could provide the herbal stress relief you are looking for. Continue reading

Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview References, Credits and Acknowledgments

The following compilation of references, citations, credits and acknowledgments accompanies the Rhodiola Rosea Phytomedicinal Overview. Here in you will find around 100 different references and acknowledgments. The references should be suitable for your use in continued research work. The work collected and evaluated here should provide herbal researchers years of information to explore and consider. While still more research must be conducted to verify many of the claims and observations made among the studies in these references, the data provides a promising start to proper and thorough scientific research into the genuine healthful benefits of rhodiola rosea, rhodiola benefits and remarkably low rhodiola side effects.

Read on to explore the wide range of sources compiled and considered by the authors as they assembled this seminal piece of rhodiola rosea research. Continue reading