An extremely popular herbal remedy, Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) has both research and folklore in abundance. The roots and rhizomes, which are golden yellow in color, are the portion used medicinally.
Extracts of goldenseal will usually be standardized to hydrastine or to the total berberine alkaloids.
Goldenseal, like barberry and Oregon grape root contains significant amount of berberine alkaloids like berberine, hydrastine and canadine. These berberine alkaloids are excellent, non-specific, anti-microbial and anti-fungal agents. Goldenseal has been shown to have potent anti-protozoal and broad-spectrum anti-bacterial effects.
In addition to its antiseptic properties, goldenseal has general bitter properties which have been shown to increase bile secretion and improve digestive complaints. Goldenseal is also immunostimulatory and is a general aid to most infectious conditions.
The use of Goldenseal in eye and mouth-washes (antiseptics) is quite a common use. Goldenseal is a strong digestive stimulant, and tonic to the digestive tract.
The rumors that Goldenseal can mask or block a positive drug urinalysis are completely untrue. If anything, the opposite may be true, in that goldenseal may even produce a false positive.
Goldenseal products should not be consumed by individuals who are pregnant without consulting a healthcare professional. Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than a week at a time. Do not give goldenseal to children under two. Do not use goldenseal without consulting a physician if you have had heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, a stroke, or high blood pressure.
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The berberine alkaloid found in goldenseal stops the growth of streptococcus, the organism most often associated with bacterial pharyngitis. It also promotes easier removal of the bacteria by inhibiting their ability to adhere to tissue surfaces.
Goldenseal, a strong digestive stimulant and tonic to the digestive tract, is especially useful for anorexia nervosa.
Snoring caused by nasal congestion may be successfully treated with decongestants. Some effective herbal remedies that clear the nasal passages include goldenrod and goldenseal.