An adaptogen treasured throughout Eurasia and North America, the Rhodiola root is utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its positive effect on stamina and mental capacity.
Prepared as a tea, it has a sweet, earthy taste that relaxes tension and has a pleasing effect on the mood.
Rhodiola root is shown to increase the amount of oxygen absorbed by the body, andas a supplement, the tea is used by athletes after intensive workouts for releasing muscle fatigue, and is perfect as a lunchtime tea for that extra boost in the work day. Students may find Rhodiola’s effect to be quite valuable as an alternative to coffee in the later day.
Clinical studies show that Rhodiola root is useful for alleviating depression; and for conditioning heart disorders such as high cholesterol and irregular heartbeat. Rhodiola has also be useful in treatments of attention disorders.
Caution, drinking large amounts of Rhodiola root may lead to the onset of insomnia.
Medical reports on the positive effects of Rhodiola root include:
* Olsson E.M.G., von Schéele B., Panossian A.G. (2009). “A randomized double-blind placebo controlled parallel group study of an extract of Rhodiola rosea roots as treatment for patients with stress related fatigue”. Planta medica 75
* Shevtsov VA, Zholus BI, Shervarly VI, et al. (Mar 2003). “A randomized trial of two different doses of Rhodiola rosea extract versus placebo and control of capacity for mental work”