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Goldenseal Herb Health Benefits

Goldenseal is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them. Goldenseal is an herb; the dried root is commonly used to make medicine.


Goldenseal is also used for the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, as well as stuffy nose and hay fever.


Some people use goldenseal for digestive disorders including stomach pain and swelling (gastritis), peptic ulcers, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, and intestinal gas.


Goldenseal is commonly found in the deep woods from Vermont to Arkansas and received its name from the golden-yellow scars on the base of the stem.


Goldenseals benefits can be attributed to its alkaloids, especially hydrastine and berberine.


The latter is also responsible for its characteristic golden colour.


The alkaloids are strongly astringent and help reduce inflammation of the mucous membranes.


Hydrastine has also been reported to lower blood pressure and stimulate peristalsis (bowel elimination).


Herbalists often recommend it topically for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions, which make it useful to clean wounds, reduce haemorrhoids, soothe canker sores, and alleviate skin infections (including ringworm and athlete’s foot).


It can also help treat eye infections such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis.


Goldenseal cleanses and promotes healthy glandular functions by increasing bile flow and digestive enzymes, therefore regulating healthy liver and spleen functions.


Goldenseal contains calcium, iron, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex, and other nutrients and minerals.


The roots and rhizomes of goldenseal contain many isoquinoline alkaloids, including hydrastine, canadine, canadaline, and l-hydrastine as well as traces of essential oil, fatty oil and resin.


It is believed that the high content of these alkaloids gives its antibiotic, anti-infective and immune stimulating qualities.


The decoction is also said to be effective as a douche to treat trichomonas and thrush. As a gargle it can be employed in cases of gum infections and sore throats.

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