Goldenseal

Latin name: Hydrastis canadensis
Other names:  eye balm, eye root, ground raspberry, Indian dye, Indian paint, jaundice root, orangeroot, yellow puccoon, yellow root, warnera, wild curcuma

What is Goldenseal?
Goldenseal is a perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family. It is native to the Northeastern U.S. and bordering regions of Canada. As some of its other names suggest, it was widely used by Native American tribes as both a dye and a medicinal herb.

What are the health benefits of Goldenseal?
Goldenseal has been shown through chemical analysis to be anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. It is used to treat the cold and flu, and it generally boosts the immune system. Additionally, it is used for irritable bowel and bladder syndromes, diarrhea, and sore throats. It can be taken as a gargle and rinse to treat canker sores.

What are the guidelines for taking Goldenseal?
The root of goldenseal is the part used in herbal medicine. It is available in dried form to be made into a tea or used as a poultice, in capsule form, and as an extract.

Where can I find Goldenseal?
Goldenseal can be found online through herb suppliers, at health food stores, and at the offices of Western herbalists.

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