Rhodiola rosea for mild stress and anxiety in university students
Cropley M, Banks AP, Boyle J. 2015. The effects of Rhodiola rosea L. extract on anxiety, stress, cognition and other mood symptoms. Phytother Res. In press. DOI: 10.1002/ptr.5486.
Anxiety, stress and fatigue are widespread in the Western world, with lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders estimated to be 16.6%. The rate is considerably higher for mild anxiety. Rhodiola rosea, of the Crassulaceae family, has been traditionally used to alleviate symptoms of everyday stressors including anxiety, stress, fatigue, and depression. Previous studies and research have demonstrated a beneficial pharmacological effect of R. rosea in humans, but research in the mild anxiety setting is limited. Accordingly, the primary aim of this study was to investigate the effect of R. rosea on self-reported mild anxiety and stress in a sample of university students.
The study was designed as an open-label, randomised, controlled trial with repeated measures. In total 81 students were randomised...