Goldenseal was touted as a cure for almost any ailment in the 1800s, promoted by an enigmatic doctor named Samuel Thompson who prescribed it for a variety of illnesses. It comes from a bright yellow root, hence the name Goldenseal.
Goldenseal was originally used by Native Americans for skin disorders, digestive complaints and even as a cancer remedy. In more modern times, Goldenseal has gained in popularity and has been used for wound healing and many types of infection, as well as a powerful anti-fungal agent.
Mainly valued for it's root, Goldenseal is a perennial herb native to North America. It powerful antibiotic properties have been used by the native Indians for centuries.They used it internally for respiratory infections, liver problems, and digestive complaints, and externally for wounds, skin disorders and eyewash.
This herb has been recently listed as endangered species - due to deforestation and high demand for this herb, the wild popluation is rapidly declining.
Goldenseal is recognized today as a powerful herbal antibiotic and immune system enhancer. It is effective if used early enough for nearly all kinds of bacterial infection, as it stimulates the immune system to quickly identlfy and destroy pathogens.
Goldenseal is an overall tonic to the mucous membranes as it has the ability to clear up congestion in the sinusis and respiratory tract infections. It's compounds act as a steroid and anti-inflammatory.
It is a great digestive aid as stimulates digestive juices and normalizes bowel movements.
Because of it's healing properties it can be topically used for canker sores,inflamed gums, cracked lips and external sin wounds.It is also very effective for healing stomach ulcers.
Goldenseal has recently gained popularity by supposedly helping to pass drug tests. Although it does help remove toxins from the body, it is simply not effective for this purpose.
Goldenseal should not be used for more than 3 weeks and should not be taken by those with low blood sugar, high blood pressure
Goldenseal can cause uterine contraction, therefor should not be used by pregant women.It should also not be taken by lactating women. Always consult your doctor before starting any course of herbal treatment.