Rhodiola Rosea History
Rhodiola rosea is a plant that thrives in frigid temperatures and high rocky altitudes. Rhodiola rosea can be found growing above 10,000 feet in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. The plant can grow 12-30 inches and has bright yellow flowers. Rhodiola rosea is often called the Golden Root, Siberian Root, Roseroot or Arctic Root.
While rhodiola rosea has a striking yellow flower, it is the root of rhodiola rosea that is prized for its health benefits. The root when cut gives off the aroma of a rose – and this is why it is called rhodiola ROSEA.
Rhodiola rosea (R. Rosea) belongs to the Crassulaceae plant family. It is important to note that there are over 200 species of the rhodiola plant, but only the rhodiola rosea species has been shown to have significant health benefits.
What is The History of Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola rosea’s use as a medicinal plant can be traced back to 77 A.D. – when Greek Physician Dioscorides documented rhodiola rosea (called rodia riza at the time) in his medical text – De Materia Medica. The Vikings used rhodiola rosea to increase endurance and stamina during their journeys. The Chinese Emperors would commission expeditions to remote parts of the Siberian Mountains to bring back the prized Golden Root – rhodiola rosea. In 1725 the herb was given its current name – rhodiola rosea by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus.
From 77 A.D. to the mid 1900’s, rhodiola rosea was prized as a medicinal herb throughout almost all parts of Europe and Asia. Rhodiola rosea grew primarily in Siberia and it was so valued that it was illegal to trade it outside of Russian borders. Russians used rhodiola rosea to survive the harsh Siberian winters.
While there was tremendous anecdotal evidence, there was limited research on how rhodiola rosea worked. That all changed when the Soviet Union began extensive and top secret research into herbs after World War II.
After World War II, Russia started a country wide scientific program to find ways to increase the performance of its military, athletes, performers, politicians, and scientists. Rhodiola rosea was identified as an adaptogen: an herb that can balance the body, reduce all stresses the body may face, and is not harmful.
Dr. Ramazanov, a Russian scientist, earned his PhD in plant physiology and biochemistry from the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and brought the Russian research on rhodiola rosea to the US.
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