Goldenseal Root, 2 fl oz
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Goldenseal, 2 oz. concentrated extract
This fluid extract is a native American medicinal plant introduced to early settlers by Cherokee Indians who used it as a wash for skin diseases and sore eyes. Goldenseal root has been used as a natural antibiotic and as a remedy for various gastric and genitourinary disorders.
Goldenseal's benefits can be attributed to its alkaloids, especially hydrastine and berberine. These alkaloids are strongly astringent and help reduce inflammation of mucous membranes. Hydrastine has also been reported to lower blood pressure and stimulate peristalsis, along with being an anti-tussive (relieves coughs).
Berberine and its sulfate, berberine sulfate, have been demonstrated to have anti-cancer activity in vitro and also have been shown to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and immunostimulatory activity, as well. Berberine has shown marked effects on acute diarrhea and its antibacterial qualities interfere with the ability of micro-organisms to adhere to the walls of host cells.
Goldenseal has been recommended for a variety of inflamed mucous membranes, including stomach, intestinal, vaginal and rectal. It has been reported that the plant relieves pains and helps heal wounds and stop bleeding. In addition, the antibacterial action helps reduce or prevent infection of open sores.
Information from the Edgar Cayce Health Care Philosophy recommended Goldenseal to assist the lymphatics, circulation, assimilation and elimination, and regarded it as an antiseptic for the lining of the stomach. It was sometimes suggested to reduce temperature and achy feelings. Cayce sometimes referred to Goldenseal as "Life Everlasting" and recommended it to "create a high vibration in the blood supply".