Information on Golden Seal

Latin NameHydrastis canadensisphoto
Other NamesYellow root
Part UsedRoot, Rhizome
Herb FormsTincture, tablet, capsule, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Immune system, Nervous system
CautionsContraindicated in pregnancy. Because it is a cold, bitter herb, it can weaken digestion and assimilation in people with internal damp and cold constitutions or conditions. In this case, always add warming herbs such as osha to counteract this tendency.
Botanical InfoA small perennial plant native to the deep hardwood forests of the eastern U.S. that grows to about one foot high, with several five- to nine-lobed leaves, a cluster of small white flowers, and red berries.
DescriptionA North American native herb, golden seal is widely known and used for colds, flu, dyspepsia, gastritis, and sinus and bladder infections. It is especially useful for diarrhea and chronic excess mucus in the bowels, with attendant loss of efficiency in absorbing nutrients and eliminating wastes. It is indicated for bacterial or amebic infections of the digestive tract, such as giardia and dysentery. Topically it is useful for conjunctivitis, gum problems, and ear inflammations. Because of its astringency, it is often used as a douche for vaginal problems or infections from candida or trichomonas. Golden seal cools infections of the mucous membranes, cleanses the blood, and lowers inflammation. The powder can be sprinkled on cuts or wounds to help stop bleeding.

Golden Seal has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Powder1 capsule 2-3 x daily
Decoction1 cup 3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful twice daily

Ailments Treated by Golden Seal

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Allergieschecks excess secretionstincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Blood poisoningdetoxifiertincture, tablet, capsule
Catarrhanti-inflammatorytincture, tablet, capsule
Conjunctivitisanti-inflammatorywash externally
Eyes, inflammation--acuteanti-inflammatory, antibacterialwash externally
Gastroenteritisantimicrobialtincture, tablet, capsule
Gonorrheaheat clearingtincture, tablet, capsule
Hay feverantihistamine, lowers inflammationtincture, capsule, tablet
Nasal polypscooling astringenttea as a snuff
Nose bleeding, from debilityastringenttea as a snuff
Peritonitisanti-inflammatory, blood purifyingtincture, tablet, capsule
Pharyngitisanti-inflammatory, coolingtincture, capsule, tablet
Pleurisycooling, antibacterialtincture, capsule, tablet
Pruritisanti-inflammatorytea or powder externally
Rhinitis, acuteheat clearing, astringenttincture, tablet, capsule
Sinusitisastringent, anti-inflammatorytincture, capsule, tablet
Staphantibacterialsalve, powder externally
Styeantibacterialtea as a compress
Tonsils, infected--acuteanti-inflammatory, antibacterialtincture, capsule, tablet

References

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