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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Rhodiola (RHODIOLA ROSEA)

Strengthens muscles, improves endurance / exercise tolerance. Reduces anxiety.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Rhodiola strengthens muscles, and improves endurance and exercise tolerance. It is a first-class adaptogen that reduces anxiety. It is mainly cold, bitter, and astringent. It has similarities to Eleuthero ginseng but is cold.

SUGGESTED USE

1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Rhodiola

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Affinity:
Anti Aging

ANTI-AGING

Geriatric conditions typically involve low agni / metabolism, poor circulation, weakness & debility, muscle weakening, poor digestion, a drop in sex hormones, and connective tissue degradation in bones & skin.

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Family: Crassulaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Rhodiola
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Neuroprotective

STRONG NEUROPROTECTIVE

Repairs / restores damaged nerves. Protects nerve health.

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Antidepressant

ANTIDEPRESSANT

Herbs that lift feelings of depression, benefit the mind and improve mental function.

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Anxiolytic

ANXIOLYTIC

Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.

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Brain Tonic

BRAIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the brain and thereby enhances memory or other cognitive functions and improves mental stamina or stability.

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Sedative

SEDATIVE

Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

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Serotonergic

SEROTONERGIC

The feel-good hormone. Also includes serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

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Builds Stamina

BUILDS-STAMINA

Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Adrenal Tonic

ADRENAL-TONIC

Strengthens, supports, or increases output of adrenals.

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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Adaptogen

ADAPTOGEN

Herbs that promote stabilization of physiological processes and homeostasis. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Cardiac Tonic

CARDIAC-TONIC

Strengthens and tones the heart (heart-tonic). Cardiac tonics are used to treat a wide range of heart issues from arrhythmia, to cardiac insufficiency.

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Reduces Secretions

REDUCES-SECRETIONS

Stops discharges & secretions (examples include sweat, vaginal discharge, diarrhea, urinary, nasal, etc). Commonly astringent or cooling remedies.

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Progesteronic

STRONG PROGESTERONIC

Progeserone is the pregnancy hormone. It raises body temperature (Pitta), and suppresses menstruation. It is generally more extroverted.

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Anti Prolactin

ANTI-PROLACTIN

Reduces prolactin, a female hormone that suppresses the uterus, fertility, menstruation.

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Emmenagogue

EMMENAGOGUE

Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.

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Estrogenic

ESTROGENIC

Increases estrogen, helpful in menopause. Estrogen is anabolic and increases muscle growth, bone density, and moisture.

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Testosteronic

TESTOSTERONIC

Androgenic. Stimulates testosterone.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Rhodiola

Saffron

Saffron has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-tonic, Sedative, Anxiolytic, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Neuroprotective, Antidepressant

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Sage

Sage has these Actions in Common

Adrenal-tonic, Emmenagogue, Reduces-secretions, Anti-prolactin, Estrogenic, Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Neuroprotective

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Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Neuroprotective, Cardiac-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Emmenagogue

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Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Neuroprotective, Brain-tonic, Serotonergic, Adrenal-tonic, Emmenagogue

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Oats / Oatmeal

Oats / Oatmeal has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Adaptogen, Builds-stamina, Antidepressant, Sedative

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Almonds

Almonds has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Brain-tonic, Tonic

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Sorghum Flour

Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Sedative, Blood-tonic, Antidepressant, Brain-tonic

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Neuroprotective, Brain-tonic, Serotonergic, Emmenagogue

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Flower / Bee Pollen

Flower / Bee Pollen has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Tonic, Builds-stamina

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Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Tonic, Brain-tonic, Stimulates-energy

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Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Tonic, Brain-tonic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Rhodiola

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Testosteronic, Anxiolytic, Tonic, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic, Builds-stamina, Neuroprotective, Adaptogen, Progesteronic, Adrenal-tonic, Sedative

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Ginseng, Chinese

Ginseng, Chinese has these Actions in Common

Adaptogen, Stimulates-energy, Adrenal-tonic, Testosteronic, Antidepressant, Tonic, Anxiolytic, Brain-tonic, Builds-stamina, Estrogenic, Neuroprotective

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Schisandra

Schisandra has these Actions in Common

Neuroprotective, Reduces-secretions, Stimulates-energy, Adaptogen, Tonic, Adrenal-tonic, Antidepressant, Brain-tonic, Emmenagogue

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Eleuthero Ginseng

Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common

Adaptogen, Tonic, Adrenal-tonic, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Blood-tonic, Builds-stamina, Stimulates-energy, Testosteronic

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Ashwagandha Arishta

Ashwagandha Arishta has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Builds-stamina, Progesteronic, Sedative, Testosteronic, Tonic, Adrenal-tonic, Anxiolytic

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Oats, Fresh Milky Seed

Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common

Tonic, Adaptogen, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic, Neuroprotective, Sedative

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Cardiac-tonic, Adaptogen, Adrenal-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Blood-tonic

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Blood-tonic, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Adaptogen, Adrenal-tonic

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Blood-tonic, Emmenagogue, Sedative, Stimulates-energy, Adaptogen, Adrenal-tonic, Antidepressant

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Belly breathing

Belly breathing has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Blood-tonic, Builds-stamina, Cardiac-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Adaptogen, Adrenal-tonic

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Rhodiola may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Rhodiola may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Antidepressant: Do not combine with antihistamines.
  • Cardiac-tonic: Caution when taking alongside cardiac pharmaceuticals. Inotropic herbs (that affect heart contractile strength) may interact with digoxin.
  • Sedative: Do not combine nerve suppressing sedatives with nerve stimulants, pharmaceutical sedatives, most anxiolyitcs, or antihistamines.

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