Rhodiola rosea is perennial herb, bloom in June and first half of July. It grows in Western and Eastern Siberia and the Far East. It grows mostly in damp meadows, on rocky shores of mountain rivers and tundra. Industrial harvesting is carried out in the Altai.
From medical purpose is sing tuberous rhizome of the plant. Roots and rhizomes of the plant contain tannin, essential oil, organic acids (oxalic, citric, malic, gallic, and amber), a significant amount of sugars, proteins, fats, waxes, sterols, tertiary alcohols, unsaturated compounds, the substances of phenol nature, glycosides, flavonoids and a large quantity of manganese.
Rhodiola preparations have marked stimulating properties; substantially increase the amount of dynamic and static work. Particularly noticeable performance increases when using drugs on a background of fatigue and when performing heavy physical work. In this golden root normalizes metabolism, contributes to the economic expenditure of energy resources, improve energy metabolism in muscle and brain due to oxidation processes.
Rhodiola preparations have a stimulating effect on mental performance rights, which slightly improves memory and attention. Preparations of Rhodiola rosea like members of the group of ginseng possess adaptogenic properties. Extract of Rhodiola rosea was used in patients with neurosis, hypotension, vascular dystopia and schizophrenia in remission for asthenic type.
Golden Root is shown in functional diseases of the nervous system – asthenic conditions, insomnia, irritability, and various neuroses, hypotension, nervous and physical exhaustion, with heavy mental work. Extract is used externally as a highly effective wound-healing agent for lubricating at small cuts and to rinse with angina (diluted in water).
Golden Root is contraindicated in sharply pronounced symptoms of nervous disorders and exhaustion of the cortical cells.
Ancient Altai belief states: “Whoever will find golden root, until the end of their days is lucky and healthy, will live for two centuries”.