Golden Seal

Goldenseal is a plant native to North America. It was historically used by Native Americans for treating skin disorders and digestive problems.

Traditionally European herbalists used Goldenseal in combination with other herbs to combat immune weaknesses. It is currently used as a dietary supplement for colds and other respiratory tract infections such as allergic  rhinitis (hay fever).  The combined actions of this powerful herb are effective in fighting off Staph infections and is indicated as a very effective remedy prescribed by in cases of Strep throat.

Therapeutic actions and constituents of Golden Seal

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immune stimulating

Golden Seal (Hydrastis canadensis) root and rhizome contains the Isoquinoline alkaloids hydrastine and berberine. There are many herbs that contain berberine. Only Hydrastis canadensis contains hydrastine. Other alkaloids include berberastine and canadine.

Other constituents are chlorogenic acid, carbohydrates, volatile oil, resins, fatty acid

Isoquinoline alkaloids are anti-convulsant, cholagogue, choleretic and anti-microbial.

  • Berberine is immuno-stimulant, ant-microbial, bitter, sedative, uterine tonic & anti-convulsant.
  • Hydrastine is similar to berberine, a uterine stimulant, anthelmintic, vasoconstrictor and nervous system stimulant.
  • Canadine is an uterine stimulant, hypotensive in low doses but high doses is hypertensive.

Some other indications for Goldenseal are:

  • Goldenseal is also used to treat ulcers and digestive upsets such as diarrhea and constipation
  • Used as a mouthwash for sore gums
  • As an eyewash for eye inflammation
  • And is applied to the skin for rashes and other skin problems.

It is not recommended to take herbal medicine for long periods of time or at strong potencies unless you are under the guidance of a herbalist or naturopath. If you have any further concerns please speak to a Healthcare practitioner who can recommend a treatment program specific to your needs as it is not recommended to self diagnose or self prescribe herbal medicines. Goldenseal contains substances that may change the way your body processes many medications. If you’re taking medication, consult your health care provider before using goldenseal.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Goldenseal, and it should not be given to infants. Berberine can cause or worsen jaundice in newborn infants and could lead to a life-threatening problem called kernicterus.