Rhodiola rosea: Siberian ginseng


Rhodiola rosea Rhodiola rosea - is a plant that is on the verge of extinction.Since Rhodiola rosea is a valuable herbal medicines, today it is listed in the Red Book, it was being grown as a cultivated plant, possibly, will keep this plant for posterity.

botanical characteristics of Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola rosea (golden or pink root, Siberian ginseng) - a perennial herb of the family Crassulaceae.Stems few, they are upright, not branched, up to half a meter.Leaves sessile, oblong, fleshy.Flowers are yellow, clustered in dense inflorescences.It blooms in June and July, the seeds ripen in July - August.Root thick short straight, sometimes reaching 10-15 cm in length and nearly one kg.From the main root depart a few fine roots.Outside the rhizome and roots are brown with slight pearlescent, on a break they are white, but when dried purchasing pink.

Rhodiola rosea grows in the mountains in the north of the European part of the country, in Siberia, in the Urals, Altai Mountains, the Tian Shan and the Far East.Industrial harvesting are carried out in the Altai, Tuva, the Western Sayan.It grows on rocky slopes, banks of mountain rivers, rocks and pebbles.The plant is included in the Red Book of the Russian Federation.

chemical composition of Rhodiola rosea root and rules harvested raw

The rhizomes and roots of Rhodiola rosea contains tyrosol, tannins, essential oil Essential oils and conception: can help roses? Essential oils and conception: can help roses? , proteins, fats, sugars and a considerable amount of manganese, organic acids (gallic acid, oxalic acid, malic acid, succinic acid and citric), flavonoids, sterols and other substances.

Harvest the roots and rhizomes of the plant.They dug out after seed maturation in July - August, using special sticks that allow to keep intact part of the roots of mature plants and young plants.The raw material is washed in running water, purified from the old plugs dead portion, dried in the shade, cut longitudinally and dried in a dryer at a low temperature.Dried raw materials stored in a dry, well-ventilated area.

Effects of Rhodiola rosea root on the human body

Rhodiola rosea belongs to adaptogenes - drugs that help to raise the overall resistance of the organism against all external influences, it also has tonic properties.Long experience of Rhodiola rosea medical evidence that she has the perfect tonic effect on the central nervous system, thereby enhancing metabolism improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting Improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting and immune processes.Drugs in this group do not have a pronounced influence, they are most effective in borderline disorders, as maintenance therapy in general weakening of the body's functions, overvoltage and after the disease.Increases endurance during physical and mental stress.

preparations from the root of Rhodiola rosea are slightly toxic, well tolerated by patients, including the elderly.

application of Rhodiola rosea medical

In folk medicine used as aboveground and underground part.The above-ground part is used to treat conjunctivitis, trachoma (in the form of decoctions and infusions), for washing wounds, as a lotion for abscesses.

underground part (roots and rhizomes) in the form of decoctions and infusions for oral administration as a stimulant in conditions after serious illness, fatigue, nervousness, vegetative-vascular dystonia (violation of the contractility of the walls of blood vessels under the influence of nervous system disorders)and also in healthy individuals with increased fatigue and decreased performance.Also, extracts and tinctures of Rhodiola rosea root used in the complex therapy in the treatment of diseases of the heart, the digestive system, liver and biliary tract, skin diseases, pulmonary tuberculosis, and so on.Extracts of Rhodiola rosea is also used as a step-up body resistance (immune system) means.

Contraindications preparations of Rhodiola rosea are irritability, insomnia Dreams: how to understand our dreams Dreams: how to understand our dreams , high blood pressure Blood pressure - dangerous if his swing? Blood pressure - dangerous if his swing? , idiosyncrasy.

Medications based on Rhodiola rosea

The pharmacy you can buy alcohol (40% alcohol) extract from the rhizomes and roots of Rhodiola rosea.It is taken as an adaptogenic funds within 5-10 drops 2 times a day (morning and afternoon), and then gradually increase the dose of 30-40 drops to a reception.

The home of Rhodiola rosea may be prepared:

  • tincture of the roots: teaspoon dried minced raw pour half a glass of vodka, insist in a dark place for a week, take 15 drops 2 times a day for half an hour before a meal (in the morningand lunch);
  • infusion of roots: teaspoon dried minced raw pour a glass of boiled water, 4 hours and filtered, and received a quarter cup 2 times a day (morning and afternoon).

Rhodiola rosea - wonderful adaptogen.

Galina Romanenko