Herb of the Month - Rhodiola - Herbal Health

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Herb of the Month - Rhodiola

Rhodiola rosea (Artic Root or simply Rhodiola) is not a well known herb like Echinacea or St. John’s Wort but it is fast becoming a very popular commercial supplement owing to its versatility and effectiveness in combating the symptoms of modern living, particularly stress. Its traditional use (in eastern Europe and Asia) as a nervous system stimulant and as an antidepressant has much appeal today as it ever did. Rhodiola is thought to invigorate the body and mind by increasing its resistance to a multitude of chemical, biological and physical stressors. The main reason it is so popular, and probabaly more so than St. John’s Wort is that it has effective antidepressant properties without the numerous side effects and known interactions of St. John’s Wort. Rhodiola boosts energy levels, enhances nervous system activity, promotes better sleep, improves appetite, combats irritability and stress, alleviates headaches, improves fatigue and reduces high blood pressure. It is also good at protecting the heart and circulatory system.
Commercial preparations can vary greatly but a therapeutic dose of 3.6-6.14mg a day in a standardised extract formulation is usually considered safe and effective. However, specialists advice from a fully qualified and registered herbalist is strongly advised.
To find a practitioner in your local area, go to http://www.nimh.org.uk/

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