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Old 07-31-2005, 07:20 PM   #1
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Rhodiola Rosea

Anyone tried this? i started on this thursday along with sjw because i`ve been so tired,fed up & lethargic for ages being off paxhell,but i may have overdone it on saturday i was wound up,irritable and spaced out!?.I didn`t like the feeling so just going to take one a day.
I do wish i`d read up a bit more,it seems to have a stimulating effect,should i try sjw or this for a while? (anxiety/dep was always my problem before i turned into a zombie i`d hate to go that way again).
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Old 08-02-2005, 06:37 PM   #2
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

I've read a lot about R. rosea but have never tried it. It is also used for stress. Check the source of your rosea - is it the root? You may try a different brand and see if you get better results.

I found that with Ashwagandha I responded better to a product that used the leaves and fruit rather than just the root. It was a matter of switching brands.
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Old 08-02-2005, 07:19 PM   #3
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

Thanks,it is the root,and it certainly seems powerful,just going to take one in morning for now,i couldn`t sleep the other night when i took one morning & late afternoon.
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:14 PM   #7
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

i want to try rhodiola rosea. the supplement proloftin has this in it. but i am hesitant because i am on amitriptyline, an antidepressant - a low dose for headaches - 5 mg.. i think i would be best to be off of the amitriptyline before trying rhodiola rosea because of rhodiola's ability to mimik a maoi. any input would be appreciated.
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Old 02-22-2006, 11:11 PM   #8
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

One of our members, altostrata, had a very bad blood pressure spike in reaction to Rhodiola Rosea. She was on Wellbutrin at the time. You might want to use the search function to see her past threads on this.
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Old 02-22-2006, 11:59 PM   #9
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

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One of our members, altostrata, had a very bad blood pressure spike in reaction to Rhodiola Rosea. She was on Wellbutrin at the time. You might want to use the search function to see her past threads on this.
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Old 02-23-2006, 10:06 AM   #11
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

after more research, i find rhodiola rosea to be promising and encouraged for anyone wanting to fight stress and anxiety and depression. the thing is it probably needs to be made clear that while on any kind of anti-depressant to try and wean off before trying rhodiola rosea. some people could combine the two with no problems, but their are some who might have interactions with the two. i am going to wean off my anti-depressant and wait two weeks after being totally off of it before trying rhodiola rosea. also, has anyone tried proloftin? any sucesss with it?
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Old 02-28-2006, 06:26 PM   #12
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

Careful of this while in withdrawal too. I have a hard time with ANY supplement that effects the four major neurotransmitters. We just have no idea what kind of balance (or imbalance) our brains are in during the healing phase.

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Old 04-02-2006, 12:22 PM   #13
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

I've tried new Rhodiola supplement. I took 2 pills/day. Yesterday (day 4) I started to feel anxious around late afternoon - long time since it happened last time. I drank coffee earlier but I don't think it would give me this strange feeling, it's not just like being nervous.
Today I cut rhodiola to 1pill in 2 doses. I'll see what happens

Oh, it says that 1 pill is 150 mg of rhodiola root which includes 3mg of Rosavin and 1,5mg of salidroside.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:24 PM   #15
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

Ive read its helpful in preventing the cortisol adrenaline fight/flight thing thats what I want to stop
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:36 PM   #16
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

Hi Cinderella,

I don't know if what you read is correct or not. I took it while still on paxil, when I not only had chronic fatigue syndrome (long-term) but was having increasing hypersomnia and grogginess (which turned out to be worsened by the paxil, but I didn't know it then). I took it hoping it would make me more alert and give me more energy, which is what it's known for.

You could certainly try it, but I'd be very careful. I had a bad reaction to it even though I was almost stuporous and lethargic (still on paxil), and many people in this group have also. A lot of what's written about supplements and herbs is unreliable, even though there's some good information out there. I've been horrified by some of what I read about these things online but even in books!

If you try it, I strongly urge you to try it in very low doses and work up very gradually, but if you get worse just stop it, since it may aggravate your anxiety rather than help it. It's been so many years since I tried it I don't remember the exact symptoms, but instead of giving me more energy, I believe it gave me a very disturbing feeling instead. That went away after I stopped taking it and it cleared my system.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:50 PM   #17
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

I tried 5htp and my anxiety during the night went thru the roof, I would like to try the rhodiola but am afraid. Trying fish oil again for now and Im on St johns wort (dont know if its helping or not) been on that for about 6 weeks.
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:39 AM   #19
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Re: Rhodiola Rosea

I've had six years experience with Rhodiola, and so I thought I'd add to this thread. There is a lot of fear and skepticism evident here, and it is completely unnecessary. Rhodiola is a very safe and effective therapy, and it has been consumed by humans for more than 1,000 years. I was introduced to it by my doctor, who is a holistic MD. I take it in combination with my meds, but I've been able to reduce my meds to a VERY low level in comparison to where I had been before. As a result of Rhodiola, I believe that I am a much healthier person in a number of ways.

Here are the lessons I've learned over the years . . . As an herb, and not a drug, there are many different brands of Rhodiola and they are all a bit different, even though the "industry" tries to make it seem like they are "standardized." They try and say they are all "3% rosavins" for example, but that doesn't make one iota of difference. It is the quality of the product that does make the difference. I've tried them all -- in the first year, over ten different brands. The best ones I've found have ALL been products that I had to order online, as opposed to in a store. Health food store supplements were the absolute worst. I don't know why this is -- they were always cheaper as well.

Cheap rhodiola is what can cause problems. You can buy a bottle for $8 and all it will do is give you a headache. The secret is to take one from a company that specializes in this stuff. My doctor recommended a company ***************** and I was buying their product for a couple of years when they suddenly discontinued it . Luckily, their new formulation works even better for me, which is called **********. It is in a capsule, and it is water soluble, which is important for you that want to start with a very small dose.

I take MBS capsules apart and put the ingredients in juice. You can start at a half-capsule, but you'll end up taking 2 or 3 capsules a day when you get going on it (you'll quickly find that you like Rhodiola -- I'm serious that the secret is to avoid the junk they sell in the stores).

Rhodiola is not like the meds. It's more a feeling like the anxiety and depression is sort of just a memory -- you know its there in the background, but it doesn't come to the forefront. It also seems to provide some energy, which I had a deficit of along with my depression.

Good luck to you. JJ.

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JoJenny, a lot of people having withdrawal symptoms are hypersensitive to anything that is neurologically active.

Rhodiola may be fine for people with stable nervous systems but may cause problems for people with withdrawal syndrome. They need to be careful about whatever they add to their supplements or medications.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:40 PM   #23
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Absolutely. And, what works for one doesn't work for all.
I'd also like to suggest, as long as we are slinging cliches, that one doesn't know how good life can be if one doesn't experiment a bit. Taking a capsule of Rhodiola and experimenting with a half-capsule or so of this gift from God isn't going to hurt ANYONE. Its a plant for crying out loud. Sure, jumping in with 3 or 4 capsules a day could be a jolt on the nervous system, but this is water-soluble, mix with Cola stuff that just honestly makes your day go SO much better.

I am down to a third of what my meds used to be, and that's all due to Rhodiola. JJ
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Jojenny, what is your background with paxil or other ssri's?
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Taking a capsule of Rhodiola and experimenting with a half-capsule or so of this gift from God isn't going to hurt ANYONE. Its a plant for crying out loud.
I'm glad it is helping you, but just because something is a plant doesn't make it safe. In general, herbal medicines are safer than pharmaceuticals, but they still should be used carefully.
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