What You Want to Know.
This herb is known by other names as well, including: Yellow root, Orange root, Puccoon, Ground raspberry, Wild curcuma
It's also one of the most popular on the market today.
It was traditionally used by Native Americans to treat skin disorders, digestive problems, liver conditions, diarrhea, and eye irritations.
It became part of early colonial medical care as the European settlers learned of it from the Iroquois and other native tribes.
It actually gained widespread popularity in the early 1800s due to its promotion by a charismatic herbalist.
The herbalist believed the herb to be a magical cure for many conditions.
Over the years, it's gone through varying periods of popularity.
And today, there's significant demand, which coupled with limited supply of wild-crafted sources, has driven the price up.
Today it's available in nutritional supplement form.
It's also available as a cream or ointment to heal skin wounds.
As a herbal tincture, it can be used as a mouthwash or gargle for mouth sores and sore throats.
A tea or tincture made of this herb can also be used for the above purpose.
Why Do People Use It?
This herb is actually a bitter, that stimulates the secretion and flow of bile, and can also be used as an expectorant.
It also has strong activity against a variety of bacteria, yeast, and fungi, such as E. Coli and Candida.
It's also used for infections of the mucus membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, the intestines, stomach, urinary tract and vagina.
Goldenseal is used for the following conditions:
* minor wound healing
* bladder infections
* fungal infections of the skin
* colds & flu
* sinus and chest congestion
Most recently it became the center of a myth that it could mask a positive drug screen.
Side Effects and Safety
Goldenseal should not be taken by pregnant women.
One of it's chief constituents, berberine, has been reported to cause uterine contractions and to increase levels of bilirubin.
*** NOTE; It should not be used by people with high blood pressure.
Those with heart conditions should only use this herb under the supervision of a health professional.
The safety of this particular herb in nursing women, children, and people with kidney and liver disease is unknown.
Side effects are rare, but include irritation of the mouth and throat, nausea, increased nervousness, and digestive problems.
The liquid forms are yellow-orange and can stain, so be careful when using.Tweet
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