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Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Definition: Used by Native Americans for generations, goldenseal root is a favorite among herbalists for its anti-inflammatory effect and antibiotic-like actions. The bitter nature of this herb has also made it an effective remedy for digestive disorders and as a bitter tonic for gastric ulcers. Strained infusions of goldenseal have traditionally been used as a soothing eye wash.

Applications: Diarrhea, eczema, eye inflammations, flatulence, gallbladder disease, gastritis, giardia, hemorrhoids, impetigo, indigestion, infections (viral and bacterial), liver disease, excessive menstrual flow, mouth sores, rhinitis, ringworm, ulcers and vaginitis.

Scientific Updates: Laboratory tests have proven goldenseal's ability to protect against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria including tuberculosis bacteria.107 It helps to reduce vaginal and uterine inflammation.108 Tests have found that berberine-containing herbs can be more effective in treating gastrointestinal infections than standard antibiotics.

Complementary Agents: Barberry, Oregon grape, echinacea, garlic, capsicum, myrrh, ginger, eyebright, juniper, dandelion, chamomile, black cohosh, comfrey, cascara, gentian, dong quai, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, vitamin A, digestive enzymes and grape seed or pine bark proanthocyanidins.

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