Rose root – also called Rhodiola rosea – is a medicinal plant from the arctic regions of Siberia. It is an anti-stress plant, a so-called adaptogen. It not only protects against stress, but also helps with anxiety disorders, depression and burnout syndrome.
Autor: Dr. med. W. Tönnes
Rose root and its effects
Rose root (Rhodiola rosea) is a perennial plant that grows particularly well in the cold zones of China, Russia and northern Europe. The rosette-shaped succulent (thick-leaf plant) got its name because its root – when cut – smells like roses.
In its home countries, the young leaves and shoots of the rose root are eaten raw or cooked like spinach – but mixed with other vegetables, as it tastes slightly bitter. The stems are eaten cooked like asparagus. In North America, rose root was fermented by the indigenous people before consumption (similar to sauerkraut).
As a medicinal plant with convincing and above all unusual effects, rose root has been known and used in these regions for many thousands of years.
Rose root – medicine in Russian orthodox medicine
In 1969, rose root was even given a permanent place in official Russian orthodox medicine. The Pharmacological and Pharmacopoeia Committee of the Soviet Ministry of Health recommended the medical use of liquid rose root extract (with 40 % alcohol) for chronic fatigue, infections as well as psychiatric and neurological complaints.
In 1975, the extract was approved as a medicinal product and was immediately produced on a large scale.
The extract was also administered to healthy people for fatigue, to improve attention, memory and concentration as well as to increase performance at work.
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