Goldenseal is used to ease the symptoms of problems such as indigestion, stomachache, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, canker sores, sore throat, gingivitis, sore mouth, vaginal irritation, mild conjunctivitis, colds and flu, and earaches.
Description of Goldenseal
Goldenseal is native to forested areas of the eastern United States, mainly in the region of the Ohio River. Today it can still be found there, but is also grown in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Goldenseal looks similar to the daisy and has a red berry that resembles a raspberry.
Berberine is the compound found in goldenseal that produces medicinal characteristics. This compound can kill various germs and has anti-bacterial effects against parasites including giardia and tapeworms and can fight yeast infections. Berberine is suspected by researchers to have the ability to activate white blood cells, helping them fight infection better. It is considered as an internal and external disinfectant.
Dosage and Usage
In capsule form, 4-6 grams daily is often recommended. 2-4 ml of goldenseal in liquid form can be taken three times each day.
A standardized extract can be taken three times a day in the amount of 250-500 mg per dose. The extract should contain 8-12% alkaloids. Use of this extract should not occur for more than three weeks. Usage should stop for a minimum of two weeks before using again.
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