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Herbs & Supplements «Goldenseal Herb Benefits and Information»

In folk medicine, goldenrod was used to treat such diverse conditions as rheumatism, gout, diabetes, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, enlarged prostate, asthma, enlarged liver, tuberculosis, mouth and throat infections, and festering wounds. Unfortunately, its effectiveness for treating these conditions has never been proven.

Goldenrod is an aquaretic agent (promotes the loss of water from the body) most frequently used to treat urinary tract inflammation and to prevent the development of kidney stones. Goldenrod's aquaretic effects combined with both antimocrobila and anti-inflammatory properties allow this herb to be used in connection with a variety conditions which include the following:

  • Bladder inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Colds and flu
  • Kidney stones
  • Laryngitis (as a gargle)
  • Sore throats
Goldenseal may also be used as a topical application to aid in healing injuries and skin conditions such as eczema. Goldenrod has also been used for laryngitis or sore throats (as a gargle).

Possible Side Effects

Most people believe that goldenrod is generally considered safe and has no known side effects. However, you should not use this herb if you have impaired heart or kidneys or if you are pregnant.

Dosage and Usage

  • Tea - Mix 2 - 3 teaspoons of dried herb in 1 cup of water, bring to a boil, and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes; strain and drink. Take three times per day.
  • Gargle - Make the tea described above, and gargle with it three times per day.
  • Liquid extract - (1:1) in 25 ethanol: Take 0.5 to 2 mL two to three times per day.
  • Tincture - (1:5) in 45 ethanol: Take 2 to 4 mL two to three times per day.
Supporting Literature

Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, and Brinckmann J, eds. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000:178-181.

el-Ghazaly M, Khayyal MT, and Okpanyi SN. Study of the anti-inflammatory activity of Populus tremula, Solidago virgaurea and Fraxinus excelsior. Arzneimittelforschung. 1992;42:333-336.

Schatzle M, Agathos M, Breit R. Allergic contact dermatitis from goldenrod (Herba solidaginis) after systemic administration. Contact Dermatitis. 1998 Nov;39(5):271-272.

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