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Organic Goldenseal root, Hydrastis canadensis - Actions: Bitter, hepatic, alterative, anti-catarrhal, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, laxative, expectorant, emmenagogue, oxytocic. Indications: A valuable tonic herb due to the healing and astringing effects it has on the mucous membranes of the body. For this reason alone it is a powerful ally when used in nearly all digestive problems, from peptic ulcers to colitis. Its bitter stimulation helps in loss of appetite, and the alkaloids it contains stimulate bile production and secretion. All mucus conditions can be improved with Golden Seal, especially those involving the sinuses.
The anti-microbial properties appear to be due to the alkaloids present in the plant. One of its active constituents is berberine, found in a number of other herbs as well, which has antibiotic, immuno-stimulatory, antispasmodic, sedative, hypotensive, uterotonic, cholerectic, & carminative activity. Its proven pharmacological activities strongly contribute to the therapeutic use of Hydrastis. Berberine has marked antimicrobial activity, and whilst not in the same league as antibiotics, it has a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity. In vitro antimicrobial effects have been demonstrated against bacteria, protozoa, and fungi.
Applied externally it can be helpful in eczema, ringworm, itching, earache and conjunctivitis. Combinations: In stomach conditions it combines well with Meadowsweet and Chamomile. In uterine hemorrhage it is best combined with Beth Root. Externally as a wash for irritation and itching it combines well with distilled Witch Hazel. As ear drops it may be combined with Mullein flowers.
Preparations & Dosage:
Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l/2-l teaspoonful of the powdered root and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes, This should be drunk three times a day.
Tincture: take 30-60 drops of the tincture three times a day. Contra-Indications: Traditionally Hydrastis canadensis has been used during labour to help contractions, but like all berberine containing plants and strong bitters, Hydrastis is not recommended for use during pregnancy.