Rhodiola for Mild to Moderate Depression Equal to Sertraline.

Rhodiola for Mild to Moderate Depression Equal to Sertraline.

Rhodiola

The Journal Phytomedicine published the study  Rhodiola rosea versus sertraline for major depressive disorder: A randomized placebo-controlled trial earlier this year. In the trial it was found that for mild to moderate depression Rhodiola was slightly less effective  than sertraline and both were not that different from placebo. In addition, there was a much higher rate of adverse effects with sertraline (63.2%) over Rhodiola (30.0%).  Read a full analysis of the study at Natural Medicine JournalRhodiola Rosea vs Sertraline for Major Depression.

Rhodiola is known to affect several body systems including the cardiovascular, central nervous and reproductive and has adaptogenic, anti-stress, neuroendocrine and antioxidant effects. Read Rhodiola rosea: A Phytomedicinal Overview  by The American Botanical  Council for an in depth look at it. It is an excellent article.

David Winston mentions it is useful in cardiovascular-based depression in his article Differential Treatment of Depression and Anxiety with Botanical and Nutritional Medicines and for deficiency insomnia in his article Botanical/Nutritional Protocols For Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders.

The Medicine Hunter has an article on harvesting Rhodiola and a cool video.

 

Galen’s Watch is a Journal Watch for alternative and complementary health practitioners. 

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2 thoughts on “Rhodiola for Mild to Moderate Depression Equal to Sertraline.

  1. You are correct and thank you for catching the typo. I double checked and it should have said “In addition, there was a much higher rate of adverse effects with sertraline (63.2%) over Rhodiola (30.0%).” I corrected the error. Thank you again.

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