Veterinarian Reviewed on June 6, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Rhodiola Rosea (Artic Rose Root Extract)
Rhodiola Rosea, also known as Golden Root and Arctic Rose Extract, grows mainly on mountains and in areas up to 5000 ft. in elevation. In the United States it can be found in the Rocky Mountain region as well as in the Carpathian Mountains in Europe. It thrives best in cold climates and is rarely found in warm weather areas. Arctic rose is one of the few plants that has been known to grow in the Arctic region and hence the name Artic Rose. The plant itself belongs to the Crassulaceae family of plants and can grow up to 34 cm in height. The Artic Rose plant produces yellow flowers and has blue-green leaves.
History of Arctic Rose Extract
Growing in Iceland, the arctic rose was highly respected and used by the Vikings thousands of years ago. The plant was thought of as a “magical” plant and was taken on long journeys by the Vikings to protect them and bring them home safe. Arctic rose extract was also used in China and Tibet, as it grows in the Himalayas and the Alps. Arctic rose extract was thought by the Tibetans to give wisdom and a long and healthy life. The flower of the plant was removed and the stem was chewed on. Arctic rose also grows on the Siberian fields and has been used as a medical plant in Russia since 1969. Numerous clinical studies have been performed in Russia to study the benefits of this plant. In Roman times it was used to cure Headaches and as a tea to calm the nerves.
Powerful Benefits and Uses of Arctic Rose
Clinical studies performed in Russia have proven artic rose extract to be useful in alleviating the effects of Depression and Anxiety. Stress almost seems a natural part of life today for modern man, and arctic rose root extract can be used to help reduce that stress. Considered an adaptogen, arctic rose extract has a stabilizing and calming effect on the body and mind. Adaptogens are plants which are considered to be able to influence the brain into helping the body adjust to stress and anxiety easier. A wonderful side effect of arctic rose is weight balance and management. Arctic Rose decreases sugar cravings and helps in reducing the amount of sugar taken in daily, a beneficial step to those trying to lose weight or control their sugar intake. Taking arctic rose extract as a part of daily regiment can reduce Fatigue and improve overall Energy. It is effective in improving moods and increasing Libido in men and women alike. Studies have also shown that arctic rose extract may be helpful in reducing the risk of cancer. The extract works by protecting healthy cells from being damaged by toxins. Arctic rose extract can be taken in capsule or tablet form.
Potential Side Effects
Arctic rose extract should be taken in small doses. When taken in small doses, no side effects have been reported. However, if taken in high doses arctic rose extract can cause fatigue, irritability and insomnia. Arctic rose should not be taken in high doses during a prolonged period of time.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan