Sunday, July 10, 2011

Goldenseal - Monograph

Common Name – Goldenseal

Botanical Name – Hydrastis Canadensis

Parts Used – Roots and Rhizomes

Active Constituents – Berberine, beta-carotene, canadine, chlorogenic acid

So what is Goldenseal good for?

Therapeutic Properties – Laxative, tonic, alterative, detergent, opthalmicum, antiperiodic, aperient, diuretic, antiseptic, deobstruent

Goldenseal can be helpful in treating ulcers of the mouth and stomach.

Goldenseal can help to improve digestion.

Goldenseal can help to regulate menses and to decrees uterine bleeding.

Goldenseal can help to strengthen the immune system, increase the effectiveness of insulin and to cleanse the body.

Goldenseal can help to prevent cold, flu and sore throat from developing if taken on time.

Research show that golden seal may be helpful in lowering LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels.


Best taken in tincture form

Tincture – 40-60 drops three times a day

Powder – 4-6 grams per day


Don't take for more than three weeks at a time

Take a break of at least two weeks between uses

Should not be used by pregnant or nursing mothers

Research articles with links

Immune modulation of macrophage pro-inflammatory response by goldenseal and Astragalus extracts

The medicinal plant goldenseal is a natural LDL-lowering agent with multiple bioactive components and new action mechanisms

Goldenseal is now considered to be a endangered herb due to over harvesting and destruction of natural habitat. When purchasing goldenseal products, try to purchase only those that have been grown organically or with care for the propagation of this wonderful plant medicine.

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