Is there a way to scientifically self-study the effects a herb has?
April 16, 2010 8:47 PM Subscribe
Is there a way to scientifically self-study the effects Rhodiola Rosea has on me?
posted by SollosQ to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
I am going to be growing Rhodiola Rosea, a herb with numerous purported medicinal effects, for my own curiosity and fun. However, I would like to harvest it and partake in it knowing that this herb will have legitimate medicinal effects. I planned on visually documenting its growth for the curiosity of others, but I wanted to log some other things as well.
(1) Can I assume I can't study the presence of any specific molecule in this herb here in my house as a simple 18 year old?
(2) One of the purported effects of this herb is affecting dopamine and serotonin levels. Can I objectively test this without relying on my own feelings and hoping (a) my mood doesn't change for the better for a few continuous days and (b) placebo? What about testing for the presence of rosavins (antidepressants), or increases in neurotransmitter activity?