Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Breast Pain
- Energy, Depression
- General Feedback
- Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
- Long Distance Driving
- Medication Interaction
- Multiple Cures
- Physical and Mental Energy, Allergies, Immune System
- Rhodiola and Anticoagulants
- Rhodiola Elixir Recipe
- Rhodiola Feedback
- Side Effects
- Stress and Anxiety
- Stress, Depression
- Stress, Fatigue, Depression
- Stress. Depression
- Where to Buy
- Where to Buy: Australia
08/03/2012: Nataliemolly from London, Uk: "Hi there, I would like some advice on the best brand of rhodiola and where I could buy it? I live in the uk. Also on the best brand of st johns wort and whether it is safe to take both? would be very grateful..."
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[YEA] 10/25/2011: Anne from Moncton, New Brunswick: "I've heard Rhodiola mentioned by Dr. Oz on his show & the great things associated with it. I have just started taking the capsule a few days ago & WOW! I have increased energy & stamina, my mental alertness has increased and I feel great. I have been working shift work for almost 20 years now and feel the effects of it on my body. Taking Rhodiola has given me a little boost just where I need it! I think it's great!"
[YEA] 05/22/2008: Chris Bates from Derby, England: "I'm on rhodiola rosea rosavin. very important, been on this for 3 years now. it's a miracle. I'm 46, work 12 hour days plus sat morning. Up at 430am, back home 700pm every night, working in hot laundry. adaption rate is every day. I just get stronger every day, stress easy to cope with, I could go on all day. I'm so happy. I'm paid the minmum wage, but that's not important. I know at the end ov the day that I will be stronger the next day. more people need to know about this supplement."Replies
01/10/2011: Allan from San Fernando, Trinidad And Tobago replies: "What is the brand name of the rhodiola that you are using?"
02/15/2011: Rachael from Chaguanas, Trinidad And Tobago replies: "I use rhodiola root c/s and I make it into a tea. You have to get the organic brand."
[YEA] 06/23/2012: Jennifer from Sweet Home, Oregon: "My family has an over sleeping habits that have made life in the real world hard. Also, when we wake up we still are so groggy and half asleep that walking into walls and driving on the wrong side of the street is a normal thing. When I started rhodiola 1 year ago it changed my life in quality. I am prone to getting on whatever I could to keep me awake to be able to get through life, and anti depressants? Well, lets just say I got to try all of them on for size at one time or another. Thanks to this remarkable plant I am off of them and happy."Replies
06/23/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Jennifer - What you are describing sounds like carbon monoxide poisoning to me. Your entire family is effected? That is not normal. If I were you I would have ALL of my gas appliances checked out by a professional HVAC type person. Also, make sure nobody is starting a car and letting it warm up in the garage, and no other gas type items or BBQ's are being used indoors, or any enclosed type area off of the house.
I would open my windows 24 hours a day until you verify that you are not being overloaded with carbon monoxide. Serious business. In small doses you can feel like you are describing, groggy, sleepy, out of it, like you have the flu.... In larger doses it can KILL YOU IN YOUR SLEEP! Please get it checked!"
08/03/2012: Nataliemolly from London, Uk: "Hi there, I would like some advice on the best brand of rhodiola and where I could buy it? I live in the uk. Also on the best brand of st johns wort and whether it is safe to take both? would be very grateful for your advice."
04/28/2012: Calgary_rip_off from Calgary, Ab, Canada: "On your site you indicated that Rhodiola should only be from Siberia. What studies indicate this? Given that I live in Canada and I want this herb how am I to get it? It actually is grown here in Alberta, which is cold here like Siberia in Russia. The town of Thorsby has numerous farmers that grow Rhodiola. There is a seller that sells the seeds to individuals from Barrhead, AB. You can grow your own in your yard here. Rhodiola is available from supplement companies in eastern B. C. And A. B. So you know its grown locally and it does work. It does something, the effects are subtle, but it is worth the money. It makes me very happy that I can grow it in my backyard and that it is locally grown because it is so cold here in Alberta most of the year. So forget about that nonsense of having to go to Siberia. It is available in North America also."Replies
05/01/2012: Amyalaska from Interior Of, Alaska replies: "It is also grown in somewhat limited quantities in Alaska."
08/15/2011: Evan from Boulder, Colorado: "The dose is everything with Rhodiola. Low doses are stimulatory, raising dopamine/norepi levels. High doses are (paradoxically) sedating, raising serotonin levels. To make things more complex, each brand has a different potency and source, so the amount in milligrams is not the only indicator of strength. If you want to get serious about trying Rhodiola, you need to try different brands. I have tried three (Planetary Herbals, Thorne, and NSI), all have different effects.
I also want to add that Rhodiola should be seen as something you take in times of stress, not something you should plan to take every day for months at a time. I can personally only take it every other day, even during stressful times.
The medical literature includes one case study of a woman who had a complete recovery from depression with daily dosage of Rhodiola over many years, but everyone has different genetic, environmental, and dietary factors. You have to experiment to know what works for you, and since it's something you should only take when you're stressed, you might provoke a negative reaction. So be careful, Rhodiola is powerful and can have negative effects, but it can also be a lifesaver in times of persistent stress and anxiety."Replies
11/07/2011: Allie from Fullerton, Ca replies: "WHICH OF THE THREE BRANDS DO YOU PREFER? I HAVE USED ONLY THE THORNE AND LOVE IT. IM ONLY TAKING 100 MG PER MORNING, BUT NOW I FEEL ALIVE AGAIN!"
06/16/2011: Michele from San Francisco, Ca: "I have been taking it for a few days. The brand I take is by Gaia. Is that a Russian strain or Tibetan? It doesn't say on the bottle. It does say it has a formula of Rosavins 12mg "validated full spectrum profile".
So far it's hard to tell what it does for me. I heard about it on Dr. Oz. I need a bit more energy during the day to take me through the eveings so I can excercise when I get home. I am overweight so reading that it helps to break down fat was incouraging!
I haven't noticed jitters, just alertness that is similar to drinking green tea."
05/20/2011: Chris from Shelby, Nc: "I would to ask you a question about rhodiloa rosea extract.. I want to know if (energy 28 or Morenaturalenergy pills) have caffeine in it? as brand they said they don't have caffeine in it.. They brand " no caffeine" I have an irregular heart.. but I read somewhere they warn that they could have some caffeine in it.. Because of Rhodiloa rosea extract.. They have some caffeine it.. But they label " no caffeine" on any bottles.. Please tell me the truth.
Thank you, Chris"
10/17/2010: Carol from Matthews, Nc: "I read the article on warnings about purchasing "Tibetan" Rhodiola or Chinese Rhodiola. Do you know where the Russian origin or West or North Siberia Rhodiola is sold? Thank you."Replies
10/18/2010: Robin from Rural, Va replies: "I have a great source for this, which I would be happy to share. You can email me at home 4 us 2004 @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)"
10/03/2011: Barb J from Boston, Mass, Usa replies: "Oh, if it's the Amway version, it DOES contain caffeine..."
[YEA] 03/16/2009: Paola from Lugano, Ticino/Switzerland: "Rhodiola for Hashimoto Disease: Thyroid:
I have been taking Russian-Rhodiola for a week now, 300g in the morning. I'll see my Doctor tomorrow, as I am also under pills for my thyroid, and I would like to replace thyroid chemical pills (Levothyroxine sodium - thyroid hormones) with rhodiola's cure, let's see what he's going to tell me. I feel definitely better, from the first day. I used to be chronically tired, now not anymore."Replies
08/04/2010: Sarah from Bloomfield Twp., Michigan/usa replies: "Hello Paola,
What did your Dr. Tell you about your Thyroid medication vs your Rhodiola at 300mg, once per day? I am suffering from chronic fatigue and chronic pain and have tried Thyroid medication with questionable results. Thank you, Sarah"
Long Distance Driving
[YEA] 04/09/2010: Byoung from Downey, Ca: "Rhodiola has been touted as helping focus during intense exercise. I'm not one of those people. Instead, my bottle of rhodiola lives in my car for my long drives (usu. about 7 hours). After about 5 hours of driving, I'm not as alert and take a tablet. I've found that within a minute or two (not long) after taking it, I feel fresh and alert - not at all jittery or buzzed. The one I use contains rhodiola rosea (root), vit C, green tea extract (leaves), spinach (leaves), and acerola concentrate blend (fruit)."
04/22/2011: Ronni from Wilton, Ct: "A friend of mine gave me a bottle of rhodiola and after reading about how wonderful it is, I am a little nervous about taking it because I am on effexor and ritalin not to mention blood pressure meds and cholesterol meds. Has anyone tried it while still on these kind of meds?"Replies
09/27/2011: Yvonne from Houston, Tx Usa replies: "I have been taking rhodiola since August 17, 2011. Today is 9/27/11. I have lost 21 lbs."
10/08/2011: Niecy from Detroit, Michigan replies: "I am on wellbutrin, BP meds and cholesterol meds. Will this supplement interact with these?"
12/02/2011: Mom2 from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Yvonne, what brand and dose do you take?"
[YEA] 05/23/2012: "I've been taking rhodiola 1000 mg 3x per day.. I went to a naturalpathic Dr.. For peri menopause and she tested my adrenals for stress. My urine test scored a 9 and should have been between a 17 and and a 25... I find this wonderful herb the best.. It helps with my hormones, no mood swings.. Depression, stress and is an antioxidant.. Im to return to the Dr.. to get my adrenals tested after taking it for 2 months.. I know there will be an improvment.. It also helps with sleep."Replies
11/23/2012: Debbiee from Pit, Pa replies: "What happened with your Dr. Did you get the results you epected? Just wondering because I'm having similar isues."
03/06/2012: Gb08 from Chicago, Illinois: "I started taking Rhodiola 5 days ago and have immediately noticed improvements across the board! I take one capsule (340 mg of Rhodiola) in the morning and have seen an increase in my energy. I work long hours and often times have found myself drained by the end of a long shift; with Rhodiola in my system I've worked some of the longest/hardest shifts of my life and felt COMPLETELY FINE by the end! My memory has improved and I have noticed a tangible spike in my happiness/personality. It's a wonder drug, and taking it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I used to take SSRIs like sertraline and citalopram and this makes me feel much better, without the nasty side effects!
Question: Does anyone have a brand that they swear by? I use the GNC version but am considering looking for something more potent. Thanks!!"Replies
03/07/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Gb08, thanks for your Rhodiola post as I recalled that I had failed to include it in one of my recent post on tonic or CHI herbs. R seems a great stand-alone herb, but I would still rotate with others in that class as the body has such complex needs. I have used NOW Rhodiola but I can't verify anything as my condition is such, but if you're looking for potency, always buy "standardized extract" of whichever brand; and herb potencies do vary from region-to-region and crop-to-crop so it's good to also rotate brands. Nature's Answer, Nature's Way, Nature's Sunshine have long been considered "superior" brands from my personal experience, but I don't hesitate to buy generic brands especially if the price is right.
One good indicator of potency is smell. When you first open the bottle get a good whiff (usually the stronger the odor the greater the potency) or always smell before consuming as this signals the body to its oncoming natural beneficiary; sort of like Aroma Therapy, but it's simply a synergistic mechanism allowing the body to "know" the particular substance."
03/07/2012: P from Middle, Fl replies: "Hello! Thank you for your imput on Rhodiola, I will purchase this for my hubby & son! Swanson Vitamins- many people on the site as myself recommend them and they're half the price of GNC."
03/07/2012: Mary from Rural, Va replies: "After doing cosiderable research on brands, and trying to find one that is "Siberian", I have located a brand that I will stand by. However, I don't want to sound like I am selling something on here. You can email me at home4us2004 (at) yahoo. com, and I will be happy to share.
I also want to add that I just started my 17 year old son on Rhodiola. He has ADHD and anxiety. We tried the pharmaceutical route, but he hated all the side effects. What he said to me the first day he took it was "My Brain Felt Relief"."
04/21/2012: Pam from Lexington, Sc replies: "I have a question about the Rhodiola. You mentioned you had taken Citalopram. Did you take the Rhodiola while you were taking the other meds? I currently take 40 mg of Citalopram daily, and am a bit concerned with mixing the two, but really like what I am reading about Rhodiola and would like to give it a try. I just dont seem to get the results that I think I should from the Citalopram, however have been on it for years because its been "just o. K. " and havent wanted to go through the trouble of weining off it and starting a new one.
If you could also let me know where the best place to purchase TRUE Rhodiola is, that would be much appreciated.
Thank you, Pam"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 11/23/2011: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa: "Rhodiola is one of the best supplements in my product arsenal!! It has helped me tremendously with my depression, physical stamina, fatigue, anxiety, and with my skin.
I suffer from Hashimoto's thyroiditis and have very low energy reserves. One of the biggest problems that I had was that I could barely get through the day without taking a nap. In addition, although I exercise every day, I had to exercise at night because after 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, I would be completely wiped out (if I could get through 30 minutes at all).
After taking rhodiola (and oil pulling) every day, I noticed that I no longer needed to take a nap during the day anymore. Since taking rhodiola and oil pulling, I feel alert, energized, and refreshed all day - After 6 years of suffering with low thyroid, I finally feel like a "normal" person again. The difference in my physical stamina is just incredible. I feel like I can accomplish almost anything physically - now I can run for 30 minutes with extra energy to spare!
Another wonderful benefit is that rhodiola is great for your skin. I take it with vitamin E and now my acne-prone skin is much clearer, even-toned, and has a wonderful "glow".
The only side effect/drawback of rhodiola that I experiencd was with my anxiety. At first, rhodiola really helped me with my mild anxiety, but after a few weeks, my anxiety became very severe to the point where I was starting to get panic attacks and a constant feeling of dread, so I discontinued use. (I had the same anxiety "rebound" problem with 5-HTP and Acetyl L-Carnitine when I was taking those too). Now, I take a teaspoon of ionic magnesium citrate every day, which has cured my anxiety. With the magnesium, I can finally take the rhodiola again without any anxiety problems."Replies
12/02/2011: Mom2 from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Jennifer, what brand and dose of ionic magnesium citrate do you take for your anxiety? Is it generalized anxiety disorder?"
05/06/2012: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl replies: "Mom2, yes, I have generalized anxiety disorder and mild OCD. I use Natural Calm. A little pricey but worth it! I also recommend epsom baths or bathing in the ocean as an alternative. Yoga and meditation also helps a lot, although the meditation heightened my anxiety in the beginning."