Goldenseal has long been valued for its ability to soothe inflamed or infected mucous membranes. Traditional uses for goldenseal are: Curtail colds, flu and other respiratory infections. If you feel that you may be developing a cold or the flu, take some goldenseal at once. The herb has both anti-infective and immune-system stimulating properties that may shorten the course of the illness, reduce symptoms of sinusitis, combat infections of the urinary tract and vaginal area, treat eye complaints, heal minor cuts and scrapes, ease diarrhea, relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, fight warts, cold sores, genital herpes and shingles, and control canker sores
Each capsule contains
- Goldenseal Root
Goldenseal root has a reputation for being a natural antibiotic. Used at the first sign of a cold, flu or sore throat, it may stop further symptoms from developing. The berberine content in Goldenseal possesses strong antibiotic and antiseptic activity against a wide variety of bacteria and fungi, combating vaginal inflammations, sore throat, and bladder and intestinal infections.
As an antibacterial, Goldenseal is thought to further fight skin infections and skin ulcers (when used topically and internally) and is also an antiseptic mouthwash (fighting sore throat). In treating periodontal disease, Goldenseal destroys the bacteria that cause the disease and relieves inflamed gums.
Goldenseal is an immensely popular herb that has long been used as an immune enhancer and a body cleanser that promotes healthy glandular functions. In laboratory studies, the berberine in Goldenseal was thought to increase blood flow to the spleen and stimulate the activity of macrophages, blood cells that are an important part of the immune system. The berberine may also increase the secretion of bile. In regulating healthy glands, the herb is said to be of overall benefit to the liver, pancreas, spleen, thyroid and lymphatic system.
Because Goldenseal is thought to increase the flow of digestive enzymes and is considered an effective herb for improving overall digestion and easing disorders of the digestive tract, including heartburn (particularly when it is associated with emotional tension), inflamed peptic ulcers, constipation and indigestion. Several early Native American tribes also used Goldenseal extensively for treating digestive problems.
Goldenseal, sometimes called "King of the Mucous Membranes" is thought to have a soothing effect on inflamed mucous membranes and, as such, has been thought to help the respiratory system (by easing congestion), chronic inflammation of the colon, rectum and hemorrhoids.
In laboratory experiments the alkaloids, hydrastine and berberine, in Goldenseal are said to lower blood pressure.
Goldenseal is sometimes used in the treatment of 'female problems" and helps to regulate the menses. It has been used to arrest bleeding from the uterus and profuse menstruation, and it is also believed to cause uterine contractions.
The berberine content in Goldenseal is thought to be effective in treating diarrhea due to toxic pathogens such as cholera.