Rhodiola rosea (golden root)

Name: Rhodiola rosea (golden root)

RHODIOLA ROSE (golden root) 

Perennial herbaceous plant with a thickened bronze, lemon-yellow inside rhizome, with the smell of rose oil and a bitter-astringent taste. The stems are straight, unbranched, up to 70 cm (sometimes up to 1 m) tall in favorable conditions and up to 10 cm in oppressed ones. The leaves are light green, tender, fleshy, oval-ovate, often with serrated edges. The flowers are small, unisexual, dicotyledonous, four-lobed corollas, golden yellow, reddening when ripe, collected in a corymbose inflorescence at the tops of the stems. Blooms in June – the first half of July.

It grows most often in damp meadows, along the rocky banks of mountain rivers and in the tundra.

Medicinal raw materials are the roots of flowering plants in the second half of July and the first half of August. The rhizome is cleaned from the ground, dried in the shade, and then in dryers at a temperature of 50-60 ° C, previously cut into pieces.

The raw material contains tannins, essential oils, organic acids (gallic, oxalic, succinic and malic), sugars, lactins, sterols and flavone compounds. Tarozol and a glycoside, rhodioloside, were isolated from the root.

In folk medicine, vodka tincture of the rhizome (1:10) has been used for over 400 years for diseases of the stomach, malaria, nervous diseases, impotence, loss of strength, overwork, and as a tonic and tonic.

Pharmacognostic and pharmacological studies of rhizomes have shown that the plant has a pronounced psychostimulating, adaptogenic effect. The extract from roots and rhizomes (1:1) at 40° alcohol not only has a stimulating and adaptogenic effect (similar to ginseng and eleutherococcus products), but also lowers blood pressure.

The golden root is indicated for functional diseases of the nervous system – asthenic conditions, insomnia, increased irritability, all kinds of neuroses, hypotension, nervous and physical exhaustion, with increased mental work. In such cases, take for 10-20 days 30 minutes before meals 5-10 drops of the extract 1-2 times every day. The dose of each day of admission can not be increased: the product has a high biological activity. Externally, the extract is used as a highly effective wound healing agent for lubrication for pyorrhea, small cuts and for rinsing with sore throat (diluted in water).

In experiments, good results were obtained in the treatment of sexual disorders in men and amenorrhea with the extract. In these cases, 10-15 drops of the extract were prescribed for 3 months.

The golden root is contraindicated in case of pronounced symptoms of nervous diseases and exhaustion of cortical cells.


The extract is prepared on 40° alcohol in the ratio of raw material to extractor 1:1. 10 drops per reception 2-3 times every day.

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