In a recent study performed by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a total of 57 adults that exhibited signs of depression were brought together.
After being split into three groups, they received medicine for 12 weeks. One received a placebo, one Rhodiola rosea (roseroot) and the final got sertraline. On roseroot, the adults had 1.4 times chance to improve while sertraline showed 1.9.
The biggest factor, though, were the side effects. While roseroot produced a few, sertraline was rather debilitating, with sexual dysfunction and nausea being the most common.
The researchers are quick to point out that this entire trial has merely been a preliminary step down the long road to determining potential viability of the plant. What they did find is that it seems to be a possible alternative to sertraline that would save users from the unwanted side effects, especially in those that experience mild to moderate depression.
In recent years, depression has become one of the most debilitating issues in the US, accounting for over 19 million cases every year. Though there are many treatments available, the vast majority of sufferers don’t even respond to their first treatment.
Because of this, as well as costs and side effects tied to prescription drugs, many find themselves turning to homeopathic remedies in the shape of natural supplements and products.