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Hydrastis Canadensis – Goldenseal

Hydrastis Canadensis – Goldenseal

Fun Fact:
Hydrastis is known as an old American Indian medicine plant and has been in use since the 1800’s. In the south, Hydrastis is often referred to as Yaller Root.

Actions:
Hydrastis acts as a bitter, anti microbial, laxative, anti-inflammatory and emmenagogue (stimulates blood flow to the pelvic region).  The active constituents of Hydrastis include alkaloids, berberines, and volatile oils.

Indications:
In the 1800’s Goldenseal was mostly used as a general tonic. It was known to cure sores and known to be a tonic to the mucous membranes and digestive tract. It is a bitter tonic that can stimulate the digestive tract to greater activity, promoting tissue feeding and rebuilding while strengthening the heart and nervous system. Hydrastis is a very energetic herb and can be used for any sub acute or chronic condition of the mucous membranes, including the stomach, intestines, bladder, urethra, uterus, bronchi or conjunctiva.

– Powdered Hydrastis is often used sprinkled over wounds to speed healing.

– Hydrastis is also useful for sinus disorders and is often used in chronic sinusitis.

– Berberine is one of the active constituents of Goldenseal and is a strong anti microbial.

– Applied externally it can help with eczema, ringworm, itching, earache, and conjunctivitis.

Dosage:
Goldenseal is commonly dosed in tincture form. Dosed at a few drops up to 1 ml three times per day.

Caution:
Contraindicated for those with high blood pressure. Prolonged use of goldenseal may decrease vitamin B absorption.

Not recommended for use during pregnancy or lactation.

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