Here are the anti-microbial benefits of the herb Goldenseal

By Jim Fain, PhD

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) has been around for a long time and in some circles has a near legendary reputation. There certainly are tried and true benefits from the use of this herb but the legend may or may not be true. There also are certain people with certain organ problems who should stay away from this herb, which we will discuss late on in this article.

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Modern science knows the herb Goldenseal to be a rich source of vitamins and minerals as well as chemical compounds. The herb contains a wealth vitamins and minerals include

  • beta caroteen,
  • biotin,
  • calcium,
  • choline,
  • chromium,
  • cobalt,
  • inositol,
  • iron,
  • magnesium,
  • manganese,
  • niacin

The herb does contain many, more other compounds. The chemicals found naturally occurring in the herb Goldenseal are well known and include aluminum, berberine, chlorine, hydrastine, silicon, tin and others. The two compounds which are thought to be the most active herbs are berberine and hydrastine. There are over 50 scientific studies listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines on the herb or these two chemicals.

Dosing recommendations on Goldenseal

This is a low dose herb, to be used no more than three weeks with a break of two weeks. Following bottle directions is important, as high doses can be toxic. Long term low dosing of Goldenseal can cause a wide variety of disorders, some of which are similar to why you would use the herb in the first place.

The anti-microbial benefits of Goldenseal

The benefits are mostly in the anti-microbial area, meaning it is known to kill a wide range of bugs that cause us to feel sick. Often Goldenseal is used during cold and flu season as it does have some benefit in improving the immune system as well as killing the bad ickies. Many don’t know that in tea form it is helpful as a douche reducing Candida infection. Alternatively, the tea can be used as a mouthwash to help heal mouth, gum and tongue sores.

Other uses for Goldenseal

The legendary use of Goldenseal has to do with cleansing. Specifically, it is used for the elimination of the residue of recreational drugs. The old ones would use it to rid the body of waste but modern reports of the effectiveness in fooling urine tests is at issue. The legend may be just a story or it may be true.

Folks who are pregnant, have liver, kidney or heart disease should stay clear of Goldenseal, as should those with glaucoma.

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