Goldenseal - Benefits of Golden Seal Herb
Botanical name: Hydrastis canadensis
Actions: Alterative, anti-diabetic, anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiperiodic, antiseptic, aperient, astringent, bitter tonic, cholagogue, deobstruent, depurative (antifungal), detergent, diuretic, heal-all, hemostatic (urine esp.), laxative, nervine, ophthalmic, oxytocic (stimulates uterine contractions), stomachic, vulnerary
Parts used : Root and dried rhizomes
Goldenseal root has been used by Native American healers for a wide range of ailments. The Indians used goldenseal for local inflammations and infections. The plant was also utilized to improve digestion as a bitter tonic and to treat ulcers. An infusion of the root was used as a soothing rinse for eye and skin infections. This popular North American herb grows wild in moist mountainous woodland areas. Goldenseal's long history of use among North Americans flourished after the Civil War as it was an ingredient in many patent medicines. It has been collected to the point of near extinction. Goldenseal supplies are diminishing and most is now wildcrafted, making herbal supplements costly.
Medical uses and benefits of Goldenseal
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