Four Ways Rhodiola Rosea Fights Fibromyalgia
Ask anyone without fibromyalgia what he or she knows about the disease and you’ll be lucky if they’ve even heard of it. If they have, you’ll be even luckier if they really understand it. Unfortunately, fibromyalgia is relatively unknown and widely misunderstood – even among friends and family of fibromyalgia sufferers.
One common misconception is that pain is the only symptom. Yes, the chronic pain is the most prevalent – and debilitating – symptom, but unfortunately it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Look below the surface and you’ll catch a glimpse of a number of other symptoms rearing their ugly heads. Among them are symptoms like depression, fatigue, sleep disorders and cognitive impairment (aka “fibro fog”).
Combine all these symptoms together and they present a vicious cycle. The pain leads to increased levels of stress and anxiety. This extra stress, combined with the pain, can lead to sleeping disorders and depression. All of this takes an extreme mental and physical toll on the sufferer and often exacerbates the pain.
Among the natural treatments for the symptoms of depression, fatigue and fibro fog is the herb Rhodiola Rosea. Rhodiola Rosea, more commonly known as Arctic or Golden Root, is a plant that can grow in some of the harshest environments on earth. It is considered an adaptogen, a class of herbs said to help adapt and build a resistance to stress. Lets take a closer look at how it can relieve some of the other symptoms of fibromyalgia:
Defends Against Stress
Rhodiola Rosea helps defend against stress by inhibiting the release of cortisol – the hormone released in response to stress. Though cortisol is necessary for our body to respond to occasional instances of stress, it can have a damaging effect on those suffering from chronic stress.
As an adaptogen, this herb not only helps you to adapt to stress but also improves your cognitive abilities – allowing you to continue to function and thrive under stressful circumstances.
Natural Energy Boost
The temptation to turn to energy boosting drinks like coffee and energy drinks can be great for anyone suffering from constant fatigue. Unfortunately, these do more harm than good – often perpetuating the problem. Rhodiola Rosea provides a natural energy boost free from side effects. It enhances energy and boosts productivity by increasing the capacity of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Increasing oxygen levels in the blood stream enhances various cellular functions and results in increased energy and stamina (both mentally and physically).
In addition to reducing stress and boosting energy, Rhodiola Rosea can elevate mood and fight depression. It has been used an alternative treatment for depression because of its effectiveness and because unlike many conventional antidepressants, it has no serious side effects.
In a double-blind placebo-controlled study by the Department of Neurology at Armenian State Medical University, two-thirds of patients diagnosed with depression were given Rhodiola Rosea while the remaining one-third were given a placebo. After a period of six-weeks, the patients receiving Rhodiola Rosea reported significant improvements in depression, insomnia and emotional stability. Patients receiving the placebo did not see any improvements.
Improves Memory & Cognitive Function
For many fibromyalgia sufferers, the difficulties associated with “fibro fog” are both frustrating and embarrassing. Symptoms of fibro fog can include memory loss, forgetfulness, lack of concentration and focus, speech difficulties and confusion. Rhodiola Rosea can provide a significant boost to your cognitive function and help you to regain your mental clarity and focus.
In addition to boosting brainpower by increasing oxygen levels, this powerful herb increases your neurons sensitivity to the neurotransmitters involved in memory, focus and mood. These effects can largely be attributed to compounds within the root of the plant known as rosavins.
Whether it’s stress, depression, fatigue or cognitive impairment that plagues you – Rhodiola Rosea may be the key to your natural healing. Consult your doctor and see what natural or alternative treatments may be right for your situation.