Just got an article from dated today’s date March 30, 2015 which proves that the Rhodiola flower is and can be used as an antidepressant alternative.
March 30 2015. The March 15, 2015 issue of the journal Phytomedicine published the outcome of a trial which found a benefit for Rhodiola rosea in major depressive disorder (MDD). The study is the first randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled comparison of rhodiola and a pharmaceutical antidepressant for mild to moderate MDD.
It reads as: “Acting on the hypothesis that rhodiola would have similar benefits as the antidepressant sertraline with fewer side effects, Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE and colleagues divided 57 depressed subjects into groups that received standardized R. rosea extract, sertraline or a placebo for 12 weeks. Depressive symptoms, such as insomnia, weight loss or gain, and inability to concentrate were rated before and after treatment.
In comparison with the placebo group, participants who received sertraline had 1.9 times the chance of experiencing improvement in their symptoms by the end of the study, while those who received rhodiola had 1.4 times the odds. However, rhodiola was associated with less than half the risk of adverse effects, including nausea and sexual dysfunction, than those associated with sertraline. “These findings suggest that R. rosea, although less effective than sertraline, may possess a more favorable risk to benefit ratio for individuals with mild to moderate depression,” the authors concluded.
“These results are a bit preliminary but suggest that herbal therapy may have the potential to help patients with depression who cannot tolerate conventional antidepressants due to side effects,” commented Dr Mao, who is an associate professor of Family Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine of University of Pennsylvania. “Larger studies will be needed to fully evaluate the benefit and harm of R. rosea as compared to conventional antidepressants.”