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.
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.
Some other indications for Goldenseal are:
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.