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Rhodiola Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Rhodiola Rosea, Crassulaceae Family
Chinese Name
Hong Jing Tian
Homeopathic Name
Rhodiola Rosea   -   Mother Tincture

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Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Rhodiola

Avoid use during Pregnancy, Breast Feeding.
Excess may cause Irritability, Restlessness, Insomnia, Confusion, Palpitations, Headache.
Avoid using with Stimulant drugs, Anticoagulant drugs.
Uncommon side effects:
Vivid dreams or sleep disturbances if taken just before sleep.
Not for children below 8 years of age, under medical supervision only.
Patients suffering from Bipolar depression with manic behavior should avoid the use of this Herb.
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Rhodiola is a plant.
It is perennial.
It grows in a cold climate.
It grows up to 35 Cm.
Best used for Stress, Respiratory Ailments.
It is a primal adaptogen for reducing Anxiety.

In TCM :
Rhodiola Rhizome : Hong Jing Tian

In Ayurveda, it pacifies Kapha and Pitta Dosha.
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Materia Medica for Rhodiola

Rhodiola General

Rhodiola promotes physical and mental well-being. It boosts the stamina and energy levels in the body. It is effectively used for ailments of the Mind, Brain, Nerves, and Muscles. In traditional Chinese medicine, the powdered form of root and root extract of Rhodiola is used for medicinal values. It is also used in the treatment of Cough and Breathing problems. It reduces the production of sputum and clears the Lungs.
It is an Immunity booster and an adaptogen. It is known for countering Stress. It helps the body to fight against Stress. It relaxes the body and makes the body adapted to various stressors. It stimulates the Immune system in case of Chronic illness and Chronic Fatigue. Rhodiola extract promotes a calm and emotional mental state. It also strengthens mental performance. It enhances the mental capacity of the Brain by lowering the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. It improves the cognitive ability of the Brain. It is a Memory enhancer that improves memorization and concentration power. Traditionally, it is used as a remedy for Mood disorders and Stress.
Depression is a result of inadequate levels of Serotonin in the body. Rhodiola fights depression by increasing the levels of Serotonin. Rosavin and Salidroside are two active compounds present in Rhodiola. They enhance Serotonin circulation through the Blood-Brain Barrier.
Rhodiola guards the cell structure against free radicals and mutagenic changes. The Antiperioxidation ability of Rhodiola has a strong effect on lipid membranes.
Rhodiola strengthens the body defenses. It makes the body less vulnerable to viruses and germs. It is effective in the treatment of Cold and Flu and is also known to reduce inflammations.
Rhodiola is a good herbal remedy for Heart Disorders such as Irregular Heartbeat and High Cholesterol. It normalizes BP, Blood Sugar, and Potassium.
Suffering from premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction? Rhodiola is the cure. It regulates prostate fluids in the body.
Rhodiola is a wonderful herb for women's problems. It cures primary and secondary Amenorrhea. It is beneficial for women suffering from Menopause.
It improves the sex gland dysfunction in both men and women.
Rhodiola relieves the symptoms of Fatigue and enhances physical performance. It is known to regulate hormones. It improves muscular strength. Muscle tissues receive more adenosine triphosphate and creatine phosphate. Rhodiola causes the level of fatty acids to rise in the blood.
Rhodiola improves the ability of hearing and prevents Deafness.
It inhibits the growth of cancer cells and cures Cancer.
It cures Insomnia and promotes healthy sleep.
It rectifies the condition of Tuberculosis.
It encounters Diabetes.
It helps to reduce the effects of Aging.
Best time to take Rhodiola is at least 3 hours before sleep. It should be avoided before sleep. It should be avoided precautionary after use of 2 weeks to avoid dependence.
Caution: It should be avoided if you are Pregnant or Breastfeeding.
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Rhodiola for Multiple Sclerosis

Consume a half teaspoon of Rhodiola extract powder with water. Have it once a day in the morning but 30 minutes before the breakfast.

Rhodiola for Hyperprolactinemia

Have Rhodiola extract 250 mg once a day.
Consume 40 mg of Rhodiola extract, 2 times a day.

Rhodiola for Depression

Rhodiola extract has calming effects. It is a good antidepressant and mood enhancer. Rhodiola extract is recommended in the daytime and not before sleep. Its action appears within first 2 to 3 hours of intake.

Rhodiola for Fatigue

Take 100 mg dosage of Rhodiola root powder once a day for 2 to 4 weeks. It reduces fatigue and exhaustion.

Rhodiola for Stress

Take 50 mg to 100 mg of Rhodiola root powder once a day as a supplement to reduce Stress. It also promotes longevity.
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27 Nov 2017
i am taking rhodiola 250mg two times and reishi 600mg two times,and i want now can i take with this damiana tea or capsules.
thank you!
Asad ( Pakistan / Sindh )
27 Mar 2018
I want to know Rhodiola Rosea Hindi/Urdu or any sanskrit name? Kindly tell me.
Igor ( Usa )
22 Oct 2019
can i take rhodiola same day when i take my multivitamins
14 Nov 2019
Hey Igor. Well, multivitamins can be taken with herbs. As advised above by Herbpathy, only Stimulant herbs are to be avoided along with Rhodiola. Just check this with your doctor about the supplement you are taking. Why are you taking Rhodiola? There is a number of experts in this forum. Someone might help you in a better way.
07 Feb 2021
Rhodiola also has radioprotective properties.

I’ve read that Rhodiola helps protect against radiation. It’s also good for those who spend long hours at the TV or computer.
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