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Diseases of Wild and Cultivated Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola rosea L. (syn. Sedum rosea (L.) Scop.), a member of the Crassulaceae family, produces several compounds that have been termed as “adaptogens,” which are capable of enhancing the physical and mental performance of people in stressful situations, contain antioxidants, and may also act as anti-inammatory agents (Kelly 2001; Brown et al. 2002). Because of this, Rhodiola has long been used in the traditional medicines of eastern Europe and Asia, and has recently gained popularity in the health food market in North America (Ampong-Nyarko 2004; Galambosi 2005).