chapter  3
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Phytochemistry of Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola rosea L. (Crassulaceae), commonly known as roseroot, golden root, or Arctic root, is a highly valued medicinal plant in the traditional pharmacopeia of certain regions of Europe, particularly Russia, the Scandinavian countries, and central Asia, including Northern China and Mongolia (Brown et al. 2002). R. rosea has been used for centuries as a remedy for a variety of ailments including nervous system disorders, depression, headaches, fatigue, high altitude sickness, anemia, impotence, gastrointestinal disorders, infections, cold, and u symptoms (Brown et al. 2002). The efcacy of R. rosea as well as its safety for use in humans had begun to be assessed in preclinical and clinical trials primarily by researchers in Eastern Europe

3.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................65 3.2 Phytochemical Constituents ...........................................................................66