The subject of many studies and articles, Rhodiola has been used by Tibetan Buddhist monks for centuries. They consider it a spiritual food of the highest order, and a tonic to stamina and health, used in long or difficult meditations, and to maintain constant mindfulness of the spiritual plane, increasing premonitions and spiritual insight.
Like Ginseng, Ashwagandha, and others, Rhodiola is an adaptogen, balancing body functions and improving the health of all body systems in a non-directional way, tonic to Qi and vitality overall.
Rhodiola has some very unique mood-affecting properties, and appears to increase the endorphin levels of the brain. Because of this, Rhodiola has great potential as a mood and emotional tonic, especially for patients who do not respond to St. John’s Wort, which works through different chemicals in the brain.