Mental Attitude: This Herb May Be a Potential Alternative Treatment for Depression.
Promising new research indicates that roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) could one day serve as an alternative treatment option for those suffering from mild-to-moderate depression. The herb has traditionally been used to promote work endurance, increase longevity, and promote resistance to several health conditions such as fatigue, altitude sickness, and depression. Researchers found that although study participants receiving a common anti-depressant were more likely to report improvements in their symptoms than those given the roseroot extract, the differences were not statistically significant. Furthermore, 63% of patients who received the anti-depressant reported side effects compared with only 30% of those in the roseroot group. Phytomedicine, March 2015