Traditionally Used for:
Altitude sickness. Early research shows that taking rhodiola four times per day for 7 days doesn't improve blood oxygen or oxidative stress in people in high-altitude conditions.
Anxiety. Early research shows that taking a specific rhodiola extract twice daily for 14 days can improve anxiety levels and reduce feelings of anger, confusion, and poor mood in college students with anxiety.
Improving athletic performance. There is conflicting evidence on the effectiveness of rhodiola for improving athletic performance. Overall, it seems that short-term but not long-term doses of rhodiola might improve some measurements of athletic performance. However, neither short-term nor long-term doses appear to improve muscle function or reduce muscle damage due to exercise.
Bladder cancer. Early research suggests that rhodiola might provide some benefits in bladder cancer. However, rhodiola does not reduce the risk for relapse.
Depression. Early research shows that taking rhodiola extract might improve symptoms of depression after 6 weeks of treatment in people with mild-to-moderately severe depression.
Heart damage caused by the drug epirubicin. Early research suggests that taking a rhodiola constituent called salidroside starting one week before chemotherapy and continuing throughout chemotherapy reduces heart damage caused by the chemotherapy drug epirubicin.
Fatigue. Early research suggests that rhodiola might decrease fatigue in stressful situations. A specific rhodiola extract seems to decrease fatigue and increase a sense of well-being in students taking exams, night-shift workers, and sleep-deprived military cadets. Other rhodiola extracts also seem to reduce mental fatigue in first-year college students and adults experiencing burnout. There is conflicting evidence regarding a combination product containing rhodiola extract, schisandra berry extract, and Siberian ginseng extract. Some research shows it improves mental performance in tired individuals performing mental tasks. Other research shows it doesn't work.
Anxiety. Early evidence suggests that specific rhodiola extract might lower anxiety and depression in people with a condition called generalized anxiety disorder.
Premature ejaculation. Early research suggests that taking a specific product containing rhodiola with other ingredients might slightly increase how long it takes to ejaculate and improve a man's control over ejaculation. But higher quality research is needed to confirm.
Stress. Early research shows that taking a specific rhodiola extract before breakfast and lunch can improve stress symptoms in people with life-stress, college students with anxiety, and people experiencing burnout.
Stress-associated heart disorders.
Autoimmune diseases: Rhodiola might simulate the immune system. In theory, it might worsen autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and others.
Diabetes: Rhodiola might reduce blood sugar levels. In theory, rhodiola might increase the risk of blood sugar levels becoming too low, especially in patients taking insulin or other diabetes medications.
Low blood pressure: Rhodiola might lower blood pressure. In theory, rhodiola might cause blood pressure to become too low, especially in people who already have low blood pressure.
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