Herbal Help - Rhodiola

This wonder herb could help your resilience against stress and anxiousness.

What is it?
Rhodiola is native to the Arctic, Northern Europe, Central Asia and the Alps and is used to treat altitude sickness and fatigue. It’s also categorized as an adaptogen which means it can also help build your resistance to physical and emotional stress.

How can Rhodiola help me?
Rhodiola could potentially help enhance physical performance and stamina, as well as lessening fatigue. It’s also supposed to help build muscle strength. Studies have further implied that it could help improve cognitive function and mental performance.

There are further studies that imply that Rhodiola can also alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and even as a treatment for mild depression.

How should I take Rhodiola?
It’s available as tablets, capsules and tinctures. The recommended daily allowance is around 200-400mg daily but it’s important to stick with the guidelines provided by the manufacturer. To get the full benefits of rhodiola you’ll need to take it for a couple of weeks although many users notice an improvement in symptoms after a few days.

There are no known side-effects or reactions and the herb has not shown to inflict drowsiness. Because it can have a stimulating effect, it is best avoided in the evenings in case it affects your sleep.

Gabriella Clark is a qualified medical herbalist and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She teams centuries of tradition with modern science and practises from her clinic in the heart of the Chilterns.