The herb goldenseal is the member of the buttercup family and is found in the eastern United States. Native Indians used goldenseal to produce a beautiful yellow dye.
The therapeutic uses of goldenseal consists of being a digestive, stopping diarrhea and for its most popular use as an antimicrobial. Did you know back in the 19th century, companies such as Parker Davis, Eli Lilly and Squibb manufactured goldenseal products, so the healing properties of this herb has not been lost, but have now been extended to the general public as all of the pharmaceutical giants have left nature and its healing splendor behind in the past and what a shame!
Studies at the University of Chicago found in test tube studies that goldenseal are highly active against multiple strains of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that is responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers and gastric cancers. The most studied property found in goldenseal is called berberine, a yellow alkaloid that is the primary infection fighter. Berberine destroys many microorganism that cause diarrhea caused by Giardia lamblia and Entamoela histolytica. Goldenseal is so effective against these bacteria that 20% of the world’s population is chronically infected and could be helped with such a simple remedy.
Other uses for goldenseal can be found in it being combined with the herb Echinacea for colds and flu as well as salves to heal skin infections.
How to Use
Tea: It’s bitter as a tea, so combining with a bit of the herb Licorice can be helpful.
Capsule: Take 1000mg twice daily
Tincture: 40 drops twice daily