The NATURAL Way: Helpful herb

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) has been around for a long time and, in some circles, has a near legendary reputation. There certainly are tried and true benefits from the use of this herb but the legend may or may not be true.

Modern science knows the herb to be a rich source of vitamins and minerals as well as chemical compounds. The vitamins and minerals include beta carotene, biotin, calcium, choline, chromium, cobalt, inositol, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin and many more. The chemicals found naturally in Goldenseal are well-known and include aluminum, berberine, chlorine, hydrastine, silicon, tin and others. The two thought to be the most active are berberine and hydrastine. There are more than 50 scientific studies listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines on the herb or these two chemicals.

This is a low-dose herb to be used no more than three weeks with a break of two weeks. Following bottle directions is important, as high doses can be toxic. Long-term low-dose usage can cause a wide variety of disorders, some of which are similar to why you would use the herb in the first place.

The benefits are mostly in the anti-microbial area, meaning it is known to kill a wide range of bugs that cause us to feel sick. Often goldenseal is used during cold and flu season, as it does have some benefit in improving the immune system as well as killing the bad ickies. Many don’t know that in tea form it is helpful as a douche reducing Candida infection. Alternatively, the tea can be used as a mouthwash to help heal mouth, gum and tongue sores.

The legendary use of goldenseal has to do with cleansing. Specifically, it is used for the elimination of the residue of recreational drugs. The old ones would use it to rid the body of waste but modern reports of the effectiveness in fooling urine tests is at issue. The legend may be just a story at this point in time.

Folks who are pregnant or have liver, kidney or heart disease should stay clear of goldenseal, as should those with sugar problems and glaucoma. If you do use this remedy, then use it with caution.