Last update Aug. 17, 2019

Rose Root

Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

Herbaceous plant from cold regions of the northern hemisphere. Its rhizome and root is used medicinally. It is also used as food for humans and animals.
It contains as active ingredients rosarins (phenylpropanoids), derivatives of phenylethanol (salidroside or rodioloside and tyrosol), flavonoids (rhodionin, rhodiosin, acetylrodalgin and tricin) and monoterpenes.
Properties which are traditionally attributed to it: helps treat fatigue, antidepressant, anxiolytic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulator, none of which have been scientifically proven with studies of good methodological quality (Amsterdam 2016, Recio 2016, Mao 2015, Shanely 2014, Yu 2014, Punja 2014, Chiu 2014).

Since the last update we have not found published data in relation to breastfeeding.

It could have estrogenic effects (Gerbarg 2016, Powers 2015).

Although apparently devoid of toxicity, there are very few publications on this plant and no proven positive effect on health, so its consumption is completely non-essential, especially during breastfeeding.
Moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding.

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Ensure that they are from reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusion of one plant with another with toxic properties, poisonings from heavy metals that are extracted from the soil and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi (Anderson 2017).
2. Do not take too much; follow recommendations from experienced phytotherapy professionals. "Natural" products are not good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which a large part of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can cause intoxication or act as endocrine disruptors (they contain phytoestrogens: Powers 2015) if they are taken in exaggerated quantities or over extended time periods.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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  1. Gerbarg PL, Brown RP. Pause menopause with Rhodiola rosea, a natural selective estrogen receptor modulator. Phytomedicine. 2016 Jun 15;23(7):763-9. Abstract
  2. Recio MC, Giner RM, Máñez S. Immunmodulatory and Antiproliferative Properties of Rhodiola Species. Planta Med. 2016 Jul;82(11-12):952-60. Abstract
  3. Amsterdam JD, Panossian AG. Rhodiola rosea L. as a putative botanical antidepressant. Phytomedicine. 2016 Jun 15;23(7):770-83. Abstract
  4. Powers CN, Setzer WN. A molecular docking study of phytochemical estrogen mimics from dietary herbal supplements. In Silico Pharmacol. 2015 Mar 22;3:4. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. Mao JJ, Xie SX, Zee J, Soeller I, Li QS, Rockwell K, Amsterdam JD. Rhodiola rosea versus sertraline for major depressive disorder: A randomized placebo-controlled trial. Phytomedicine. 2015 Mar 15;22(3):394-9. Abstract
  6. Yu L, Qin Y, Wang Q, Zhang L, Liu Y, Wang T, Huang L, Wu L, Xiong H. The efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine, Rhodiola formulation in treating ischemic heart disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Aug;22(4):814-25. Abstract
  7. Shanely RA, Nieman DC, Zwetsloot KA, Knab AM, Imagita H, Luo B, Davis B, Zubeldia JM. Evaluation of Rhodiola rosea supplementation on skeletal muscle damage and inflammation in runners following a competitive marathon. Brain Behav Immun. 2014 Jul;39:204-10. Abstract
  8. Punja S, Shamseer L, Olson K, Vohra S. Rhodiola rosea for mental and physical fatigue in nursing students: a randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2014 Sep 30;9(9):e108416. Abstract
  9. Chiu TF, Chen LL, Su DH, Lo HY, Chen CH, Wang SH, Chen WL. Rhodiola crenulata extract for prevention of acute mountain sickness: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Oct 31;13:298. Abstract
  10. EMA Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC). Rhodiola rosea L., rhizoma et radix. Community herbal monograph. 2012 Full text (in our servers)

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