Medicinal plants

Roseroot – Application & Treatment for Health


Just a few years ago, roseroot was only known as a medicinal plant in Scandinavia and Russia. But now the German market has finally discovered the miracle herb for itself due to its many positive properties.

Occurrence and cultivation of roseroot

Roseroot ( Rhodiola rosea ) is a succulent plant ( succulent ) and comes from the succulent family ( Crassulaceae ). It can reach a height of between 5 and a maximum of 60 cm and forms taproots. Several scaly and bare stems grow above ground on its 1 to 5 cm thick trunk, on which leaves develop.

These are between 10 and 40 mm long, 2 to 10 mm thick and also bald. Roseroot flowers are purple in males and yellow in females. During the fading, the female specimens then take on a reddish color. Rhodiola root has the best growth opportunities on moist soil at high altitudes such as mountains and there in crevices and mountain gorges.

But the plant can also thrive on cliffs, on moorland and wet meadows at lower altitudes. Its range extends from northern Europe across Siberia and North America to the Himalayas. In the Swiss Alps, attempts have also been made for some time to grow rhodiola commercially.

Effect & Application

It has been proven that roseroot has been known as a remedy since the first century AD. The Greek doctor Pedanios Dioskurides already mentioned it in the fourth book of his work Materia Medica. The plant was also used early on by the Vikings and various Siberian primitive peoples, who also called the plant the “golden root”.

The positive effect of roseroot was rediscovered in the 20th century, first in Russia and then also in Sweden, where it has been available as an extract since 1985. In 2010, for the first time in Switzerland, a medicinal product based on rose root was approved for the open market. All other rhodiola products, on the other hand, are considered dietary supplements.

Rhodiola root is used exclusively by taking the dry extract of the plant. This can then be taken in various forms such as capsules, drops, powder or tablets. Theoretically, a tea can also be brewed from the dried leaves and flowers, but this is very unusual due to the unpleasant taste. The various products should be taken over a longer period of several months.

Because they need a certain amount of time to accumulate in the body and take effect. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 200 milligrams, as an overdose can have a negative impact on health. As a rule, rose root products are taken twice a day. It is then taken once in the morning and once in the afternoon before a meal and with plenty of water. All rhodiola products are available in Germany without a prescription in drugstores or pharmacies.

Importance for health, treatment & prevention

In today’s living and working world, which is becoming ever faster and more stressful and places ever greater demands on the individual, medicines that help to alleviate stress symptoms are also becoming more and more in demand. Rhodiola’s stimulating and adaptogenic, i.e. stress-tolerance-increasing, properties can help alleviate these stress symptoms.

The ingredients contained in Rhodiola root, such as phenylpropanoids, phenylcarboxylic acids, flavonoids, mono- and triterpenes, and phenylethanoids, are said to have a positive effect on physical and mental performance, improve the ability to concentrate and long-term memory, and protect brain cells, thereby helping with stress-related symptoms such as insomnia , hypersensitivity, and irritability , exhaustion , listlessness or fears . Roseroot can be used both preventively and curatively for this purpose.

The effect is based on the one hand on the stimulation of various neurotransmitters such as dopamine or serotonin , which are involved in many brain tasks such as memory or the ability to concentrate, and on the antioxidant effect, which intercepts free radicals and thus protects the nerve cells in the brain . This mode of action also makes it interesting for people suffering from burnout . Rhodiola root has also been tested for the treatment of mild to moderate depression because of its relaxing and slightly anxiolytic effect .

However, since the results fluctuate too much and no clear effect has been demonstrated to date, a medicinal product based on roseroot has not yet received approval for this purpose. Roseroot is also used in the treatment of dementia patients . Because here, too, the stimulating effect on the messenger substances can bring about a slight improvement in the mental state of those affected.

Other traditional areas of application are fatigue , anemia , impotence , erectile dysfunction , altitude sickness and various diseases of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract . In healthy people, rhodiola also increases vitality, improves general physical condition, as well as memory and concentration.

In Germany, mental illnesses such as depression, burn-out or dementia are increasingly becoming widespread diseases of alarming proportions. It has already been proven that roseroot can be used to help prevent and treat these diseases. And through further intensive research, it may even play a key role in combating them in the future.

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Hello! I am Lisa Newlon, and I am a medical writer and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I have a Master’s degree in Medicine, and my deep understanding of medical terminology, practices, and procedures has made me a trusted source of information in the medical world.