Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD

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Are you starting to feel the Winter Blues? When less daylight hours are available to us, many people start to feel depressed, their energy levels decrease, and it is much harder to get out of bed. Those limited sunlight hours can cause a drop in our serotonin and melatonin levels, which affect both our sleep and moods.  In the world of Naturopathic medicine, one of the herbs we turn to is Rhodiola Rosea.

So how does Rhodiola Rosea help depression?

It helps to improve the transportation of tryptophan and 5HTP across the blood brain barrier. These two hormones are needed to make serotonin, which is our “feel good” neurotransmitter.


Rhodiola is a powerhouse of an herb due to its many beneficial health properties. It is an herb used to:

1.  improve neurotransmitter function by boosting up the brain “chemicals” that makes us feel good, happy and relaxed (norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin)

2.  decrease depression and anxiety

3.   improve mood

4.   memory improvement

5.   reduce stress

6.   reduce headaches

7.   relax muscles

8.   both increase & decrease cortisol (stress hormone) depending upon your needs

9.    improve stamina, strength and endurance (used by lots of athletes)

10.   protect and stimulate the immune system (increases production of natural killer cells)

11.   improves recovery time after a workout

12.   great for high altitude sickness

13.   improve mental processes

Rhodiola Rosea works best when used in a combination of lifestyle changes and additional herbal treatments. To learn more about ways that you can combat SAD, contact Dr. Foss at 508 367 5949 or send an email to