You could make the claim that 64-year-old Juliette Bergman is unlucky.
She was working in one of the World Trade Center towers in 1993 when it was first bombed, and again on September 11, 2001. Both times she lived to tell the tale, but as a result of severe trauma, she suffered from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and depression.
For eight years, Juliette was on anti-depressant drugs. She gained over 35 pounds and was unable to regain a happier mood. In a search for something better, she met Dr. Patrica Gerbarg and Dr. Richard Brown, two psychiatrists practicing in New York City. Instead of putting Juliette on another drug, they had her try the Siberian herb, Rhodiola rosea.
For Juliette, that’s when things started to turn around.
Rhodiola rosea, also known as Golden Root or Arctic Root, derives from Siberia and Northwestern China. I have studied the herb in both places, have seen it harvested in the wild, and have also taken an extract of this herb regularly for years, to ward off fatigue from a heavy travel schedule. Found on the training tables of athletes across northern Asia, Rhodiola rosea is considered an adaptogen – an agent that allows a person to adapt to both physical and mental stress, while improving energy, endurance and stamina.
For Juliette, Rhodiola rosea did just that. She went from fatigued to energized, and her depression lifted, just from taking daily doses of the safe, non-toxic herb. This type of result is common with Rhodiola, whose popularity grows steadily year after year, as people experience its significant vitality-enhancing effects.
Many studies support what even the ancient Chinese emperors knew - that Rhodiola rosea gives a terrific lift to body and mind. In one study of people with stress-related fatigue conducted in Sweden, the Rhodiola exerted an anti-fatigue effect, increased mental performance, decreased the stress hormone cortisol in the blood, and reduced stress overall.
In another study reported in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Rhodiola rosea caused improvement in patients with generalized anxiety disorder.