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Posted by T Hank (Detroit, Mi) on 12/22/2012

[YEA]  I have a very hectic stressful lifestyle and fatigue was consuming me everyday! Rhodiola helped me stop drinking Mt. Dew to get home (driving) everyday! And my thinking seems to be MUCH sharper!

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx
I saw something on TV recently about Mountain Dew containing some dangerous additive.

Posted by Michael (Lorain, Ohio) on 12/17/2012

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I've been taking rhodiola for over a year now. It is a miricle herb. I'm so motivated to do all sorts of things every time I'm on it. I notice that I'm sharper and can concentrate better. I notice a ton more energy (note that my rhodiola is paired with a little green tea extract). When I run really hard, it hurts less (and I run really freaking hard lol). When I'm just having "one of those days" it always turns it around for me.

I do however get the "jitters", but better the jitters than the "ughs" or the "idon'twannas" I say lol.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Michael, It's awesome that you are getting such great results from your rhodiola! Where are you getting it from? Rhodiola is known to enhance both physical and mental endurance, it is beneficial for those living under stressful conditions(isn't that everyone these days?! ), is beneficial to the cardiovascular system and is a powerful immune strengthener. One very important aspect is, it is a safe and powerful antidepressant. So no wonder, you're having such great responses. Have you tried any other Chinese herbs? I like reishi and chaga mushroom to build the body since they are powerful adaptogens and also goji and schizandra which have unbelievable attributes as well. I love the way the Chinese herbs have helped me in so many ways and take them on a regular daily basis. My energy is steady and my health strong. Best to you! Lisa
Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales
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EC: Here is the link for that section:

Replied by Diane
Palos Hills, Il
Michael, green tea, alone, totally gives me the jitters. Rhodiola on it's own does not. I'd try taking straight up Rhodiola. You might like it better. Also, I just read about green tea having loads of fluoride in it! Do some research!

Posted by Brendon (Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada) on 09/02/2012

[YEA]  I have been in a job where I sell products such as rhodiola and energy drinks, pills, cubes, bars and many more! I have never thought that a pill would be noticeable to wake you up. But I'm in landscaping and took it every morning last week except thursday.. I had extreme fatigue all day, weak and loss energy all day. That friday I took it in the morning after sleeping 1.5 hours because I was up with girls and my friend, and I had more energy all day for that 10 hour shift than I was for 10 hours the thursday with full sleep. I do belive this works and im buying alot of it in the future to come!!

Posted by Debbie (Mt. Sinai, Ny) on 04/06/2012

[YEA]  Rhodiola is amazing. I am completely normal while taking this product and if I run out I am unable to keep up the vigorous daily schedule I have, high school teacher, tutor after school, practice 1 1/2 hours yoga daily, single mom, home owner. I had been getting exhausted in the afternoons recently (after taking 1 capsule 250 miligrams daily for about 1 year) I started taking another one in afternoon and my day can continue throughout the evening in a more balanced and productive way ( with a smile ) instead of miserable. I sleep by 10:30, 11 each night and arise at 4:45 feeling rested. I WAS NEVER LIKE THIS. Thanks to my naturopath doctor who recommended it after I refused anti-depressants, or anxiety medicine. THIS STUFF WORKS. I wish more people new about it!

Replied by Kathy
Carle Place, Ny
Just read your post about rhodiola. I live on LI too and would love to know who your Naturopath Doctor is. Thanks!
Replied by Angela
Manchester, Cheshire
Hello, I just read your post and I know rhodiola is an amazing product, but is it safe to take everyday for a year and what brand do you take to feel this great?

Warm Regards, Angie x

Posted by Melody (Pine Valley, Ca) on 12/29/2011

Rhodiola was prescribed for me by a naturopathic doctor in a la di dah clinic in La Jolla, CA, for helping my adrenals. It is an adaptogen that lowers or raises your cortisol levels depending upon what's needed. I noticed an increase in energy as soon as I started taking it.

Replied by Cg
Boise, Idaho
Lots of great information here. I am still confused about the best dose and brand. Is there a general consensus on this? I suffer from anxiety, depression, fatigue, and seem to always catch what ever bug is going around. Thanks to you all! Debbie from NY, what dose and brand to you use if you don't mind sharing. Again, thanks!

Posted by Kenny G (Las Vegas, Nevada, United States) on 11/04/2011

[YEA]  Yes I have taken Rhodiola 110 manufactured by nutrilite for good number of years now. I have found it's the most effective energy boost I can take without coffee or Redbull or Monster energy drinks. I have more stamina and mental clarity when I need it without the crash.

Posted by Marilyn (Belleville Ont, Canada) on 10/27/2011

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I like AOR rhodiola and it does give me a lot of energy and stamina in my exercise classes. But I do always have a low grade headache that makes me feel out of sorts. I also am annoyed with companies that claim Asian Rhodiola is the same as Siberian as there is a massive difference. I have absolutely no effect from Asian Rhodiola. Over all a very good herb but you should cycle this from time to time. Take a few days off a week for instance.

Replied by Cbleigh
Belleville, On Canada
I'm in Belleville ON too. Have you found a good place to buy a quality Rhodilia?

Posted by Anne (Moncton, New Brunswick) on 10/25/2011

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Chris Bates (Derby, England) on 05/22/2008

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Allan
San Fernando, Trinidad And Tobago
What is the brand name of the rhodiola that you are using?
Replied by Rachael
Chaguanas, Trinidad And Tobago
I use rhodiola root c/s and I make it into a tea. You have to get the organic brand.
Replied by Pat
Diego Martin, Trinidad And Tobago
Good afternoon, I have tried to find Rhodiola in Trinidad and have not been able to. Did you find it here, if so do let me know. Thank you, Pat

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Posted by Jennifer (Sweet Home, Oregon) on 06/23/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
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!

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Posted by Ann (Metairie, La) on 07/11/2013

[YEA]  I've just finished my first bottle of Rhodiola 500 mg. as suggested by my doctor. I have definitely noticed an increase in my energy level and its enhanced my mood. I stopped in a local vitamin store to purchase another bottle, but they only 300 mg. and I was told taking 2 capsules is okay. From what I've read, the 600 mg dose is still good for energy and depression, but at doses in the 1,200 - 1,500 have sedating effects. I can really feel a difference taking Rhodiola. I'm glad my doctor recommended it!

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Posted by Mary (Los Angeles, Ca) on 10/31/2013

I am writing about the use of Rhodiola. I know how bad anxiety and panic attacks feel like I had them many years. It shocks me that so many have taken Rhodiola to feel better. I know how one wants to get better in a hurry. For me that makes me worried anything that makes you feel that good in such a short time seems troublesome to me. I don't like counting on something so much that I can't get over these panic attacks on my own.

I do understand a little help but will I have to take this the rest of my life? Has anyone gotten better just taking this for a short time?

Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
The longer you can go between panic attacks, the calmer you become. Initially, you become very sensitive to what you think are triggers of attacks by association, such as "if I sat in the middle of a crowd and thought I may not be able to leave, " bringing on an attack, you may think "I won't be in crowds and will avoid an attack." The longer you go without an attack, the fewer associations will be made and the more confident you will become to be able to handle situations where you feel overwhelmed. Your sensitivities diminish the longer you can go about your business without an attack, so anything that helps in this way is beneficial.
Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
Hi Mary,

I don't have the answer to the questions you asked, which are certainly valid questions. However, I thought I would pass along my two cents on using supplements for health conditions. I agree that the ideal would be to not have to be dependent on any supplements for good health. At the same time, it isn't the same as having to be dependent upon pharmaceuticals that have side effects. And it beats having to live life with an uncomfortable or painful health condition.

A lot of herbs and natural remedies are helping the body to normalize or they are providing our bodies with something they are missing to function the best. For example, I take an iodine supplement daily. I was diagnosed with low thyroid a few years ago and my symptoms were miserable. I started to take prescription medication which made me feel worse. A lot of research and trial and error and I found that an idodine supplement helped me to feel better and, at least by bloodwork, I don't have low thyroid anymore. If I quit the iodine supplement, my symptoms return. Well, I hear that the iodine in our soil is depleted (as with many other important nutrients.) So, I keep taking the iodine. The thyroid gland needs it and I feel better taking it.

At the same time, my son had an asthma problem. We treated him with nettles. It worked so well for him. He took nettles for a year or more. Interestingly, he no longer needs the nettles, and he no longer has asthma. Often times herbs do cure a health condition.

Well, that is just some food for thought. I hope you find a good solution for your situation!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jenny
Boston, Ma
Best way to test rhodiola is to take it in small doses and see if your brain chemistry likes it. Not doubt some brands are better than others. I didn't have great results when I tried it, but I only tried one brand. I have read on Earth Clinic that 5 days on and 2 days off for supplements each week is wise. I try to give my body a break from all supplements once in a while. Good luck.

Posted by Nataliemolly (London, Uk) on 08/03/2012

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.

Posted by Calgary_rip_off (Calgary, Ab, Canada) on 04/28/2012

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.

Replied by Amyalaska
Interior Of, Alaska
It is also grown in somewhat limited quantities in Alaska.

Posted by Evan (Boulder, Colorado) on 08/15/2011

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.

Replied by Allie
Fullerton, Ca

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