This herb seems to work for a lot of people with anxiety.
I found these comments about Rhodiola on bulknutrition.com:
"I'm definitely a lot more relaxed(no more road rage) since using this product and my anxiety doesn't flare up. I've been on a lot of anti-anxiety medications in the past like Valium, Buspar, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Luvox, etc. And I can honestly say none of them worked nearly as well as this product! The great part is that you don't feel drowsy on this product like you do on the medications."
"This stuff is great! I can't rave enough about it. After dealing with anti-depressants (and no, I've never been diagnosed with depression, just a lot of innate anger ;c) , going through a variety of SSRIs (Paxil, Serzone, Celexa, etc) - and having all the worst side-effects from them all, I came across this. The effects show within a day of usage (and even more effective at mood stabilization than the aforementioned drugs, or the new Seratonin supplement SeroTab) - and it has the added benefit of not only NOT putting you to sleep, it actually increases your alertness and focus! I'm currently using this in combination with SeroTab - the Rhodiola in the morning for calm alertness during the day, and the SeroTab at night, since it has a bit of a sedative effect.
It's like I'm a whole new person =)"
"Rhodiola is definitely worth the price if you find yourself having to deal with stressful situations week to week. A nice adaptogen with no noticable side effects.
This product works as claimed by helping to deal with anxiety, improving concentration, a slight lift in mood, and an overall "chill" effect. For me it improved my ability to think positively and eliminate distractions. My thoughts seemed more collected and best of all it accomplished all of this without sedation!!!"
"I've been taking this along with Chocomine at 500mg twice a day and 1 gram of Chocomine a couple times a day. Stress is reduced and I find myself chillin in the middle of a crowded grocery store, good stuff. You'll find yourself randomly smiling throughout the day. Don't cap it and try to get the last little bit off the spoon with your teeth for an added challenge, tastes like concentrated black tea, pucker up."
"Wow..what can I say. I had just come off a sloppy over dosed M1T cycle and I was feeling very depressed. I also had signifigant stress at work. Rhodiola changed my outlook from the very first dose. People mentioned smiling more, that is something I noticed for sure. Its hard to describe the feeling, but its good. Its not a stimulant or a relaxer, but just "goodness" in a bottle. My only complaint is it allows me to indulge in alcohol and other goodies without paying the penalty I so richly deserve the next day. This will be on every PCT I do, and I'm tempted to just run it continously! FYI- this is my first review, but I like the product so much I just had to write."