Dr Alice sometimes prescribes a herb called Rhodiola to support adrenal function, however Rhodiola is a remarkable herb that has a wide and varied history of uses.
It strengthens the nervous system, fights depression, enhances immunity, elevate the capacity for exercise, enhances memory, aids weight reduction, increases sexual function, improves energy levels, prevent Seasonal Depression (SAD) and prevents high altitude sickness.
Rhodiola has a legendary history dating back thousands of years. The Vikings depended on the herb to enhance their physical strength and endurance, while Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to bring back “the golden root” for medicinal preparations.
Rhodiola rosea has long been known as a potent adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural plant substances that increase the body’s non-specific resistance and normalise the functions of the body. It increases the ability of the cells to use fuel more efficiently.
In animal studies, extracts of rhodiola, seem to enhance the transport of serotonin precursors into the brain. Serotonin is a widely studied brain neurotransmitter chemical that is involved in many functions including, , temperature regulation, appetite, pain perception, behavior, blood pressure and respiration. When balanced, it imparts a sense of contentment and mental ease.
Research also suggests that fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome, Rhodiola is also warranted.
There have also been claims that this plant has great utility as a therapy sleep disturbances, poor appetite, irritability, hypertension, headaches, and fatigue (developing subsequent to intense physical or intellectual strain).
Rhodiola rosea has been shown to shorten recovery time after prolonged workouts, to increase attention span, memory, strength, and anti-toxic action. Rhodiola increases the level of enzymes, RNA, and proteins important to muscle recovery after exhaustive exercise. It also stimulates muscle energy status; glycogen synthesis in muscles and liver; muscle protein synthesis and anabolic activity.
Rhodiola enhances memory and ability to concentrate over prolonged periods. Rhodiola also reduces mental fatigue, improves sleep patterns, reduces the need for sleep, creates greater mood stability, and a greater motivation to study.
Rhodiola has also been shown to be effective for cardiac problems caused or aggravated by stress. Rhodiola has been found to decrease harmful blood lipids (cholesterol) and thus decrease the risk of heart disease.
Rhodiola has been shown to increase antitumor activity by increasing the body’s resistance to toxins. A range of antioxidant compounds have been identified in Rhodiola and significant free-radical scavenging activity has been demonstrated.
According to the information from Russian researchers have found that the oral administration of Rhodiola inhibited tumour growths in rats by 39% and decreased metastasis by 50%.
Rhodiola both stimulates and protects the immune system by reinstating homeostasis (metabolic balance) in the body. It also increases the natural killer cells (NK) in the stomach and spleen.
Many other benefits from the use of Rhodiola has been found including regulating blood sugar levels for diabetics and protect the liver from environmental toxins.
It has been shown to activate the lipolytic processes (fat breakdown) and mobilise lipids from adipose tissue to the natural fat burning system of your body for weight reduction.
It can also clinically enhance thyroid function without causing hyperthyroidism, enhance thymus gland function and protect or delay involution that occurs with ageing.
It can also improve your adrenal gland reserves without causing hypertrophy. Throughout the years it has shown to substantially improve erectile dysfunction and/or premature ejaculation in men.