Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is a small plant with a single hairy stem. If rimpangnya sense of feel, yellow-brown and wrinkled skin. Goldenseal grows wild in shady land in the United States in the north. Goldenseal is now one of the most popular herbs in the U.S. market. In the colonial era in America, Goldenseal became part of medical care. In the past, has traditionally been used by Native Americans to treat skin diseases, digestive problems, liver conditions, diarrhea, and eye irritation.
Goldenseal contains a compound called berberine, a compound that kills many types of bacteria in a test tube, including those that cause diarrhea. Berberine has also been shown to kill various types of germs in a test tube, like that which causes candidiasis (fungus) and parasitic infections such as tapeworms and Giardia. Berberine can also activate white blood cells, making more effective for fighting infection and strengthening the immune system. Berberine is sometimes used as an antibiotic and disinfectant, both externally and internally.
Goldenseal bitter taste stimulates the secretion and flow of bile, and also can be used as an expectorant. In the use of Goldenseal is used for the following conditions:
- a small wound healing bladder infections
- skin fungal infections colds & flu
- flu and chest tightness
Please note, Goldenseal should not be used in pregnant women or people with high blood pressure.
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