Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people aged 15 to 44; it affects over 16.2 million adults and is more prevalent in women than in men. The widespread nature of this disease has led researchers to conduct studies into potential ways to address symptoms without resorting to medication. Classic medication for depression (SSRIs and SNRIs) can bring about a host of side-effects, including agitation, nervousness, indigestion and stomach ache, dizziness, insomnia, low libido, and (in men) erectile dysfunction. Adaptogens have played an important role in naturopathy for many years. Known to battle stress and have a wealth of positive effects on various bodily systems, they help boost the body’s adaptive energy, so that you can face life’s vicissitudes and stressors with greater resilience. One adaptogen that has proven potentially useful in treating depression is rhodiola: also known as ‘golden root’.