Benefits of Goldenseal
Goldenseal, hydrastis canadensis or also called orange root is an herbal plant found in Northeastern US. The goldenseal root has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. This herb contains therapeutic, antibacterial and antibiotic properties for the treatment or prevention of various illnesses.
Goldenseal may treat several fungal problems such as athlete's foot, ringworm and yeast infection. It can also be effective against acne, rashes and other skin problems as well as a natural treatment for canker sores and other irritations of the mouth as well as peptic ulcers and candida.
One of the benefits of goldenseal is that it has a positive effect on the toning of blood vessels. Thus it has been used as a remedy for internal bleeding as well as to control excessive bleeding during menstruation. Because goldenseal has been found to boost blood vessel tone, it can even help stop profuse bleeding.
Also, an alkaloid in goldenseal called berberine is believed to contain antibacterial properties, which can be useful a remedy for diarrhea.
The benefits of goldenseal alongside other herbs can be twice as effective in cleansing the excretory system and getting rid of toxins in the body. When especially combined with another herb called echinacea, goldenseal can be an effective treatment for respiratory ailments, among which include bronchitis, stuffy nose, hay fever and sinus problems. This herbal plant is also an excellent remedy for fighting the symptoms of cold and flu, before it worsens.
Goldenseal is also making waves as a natural alternative for the treatment of diabetes. It has been found that goldenseal raises the production of insulin at the same time reduces blood sugar levels in people affected with diabetes. However, you should consult your doctor before using goldenseal as an anti diabetic treatment. This herb may increase blood pressure, which is another common symptom of this disease.
Goldenseal root extract are sold in the form of capsules, tablets and liquid. Or you make your own herbal tea with the goldenseal root. Goldenseal capsules need to be taken as directed and as per recommended dosage.
Powdered goldenseal is available as well, and is an excellent variant for treating oral and skin problems. To make a mouthwash from goldenseal powder, mix two teaspoons of goldenseal powder and about 5 ounces of water and boil for ten minutes. You can also use this skin wash as well.
Although there are many healing benefits of goldenseal, it also may cause some potential side effects on certain individuals. You may experience nausea, mood swings and elevated blood pressure, among others. In some instances, goldenseal may lower blood sugar levels as well.
If you are pregnant or think that you are, you should avoid taking goldenseal because of uterine contracting properties, thus not recommended for pregnant women. Those with gastrointestinal diseases should be extra careful with using golden seal as well, as it may disturb your gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, if you are using goldenseal for the treatment of skin problems, you might want to take extra care and caution when under the sun, as your skin may tend to become more sensitive sunlight.
Using goldenseal with other herbs or medications for sedation may increase its sedative properties. It can also counter the effects of medications used for lowering blood pressure. It is advised that those who are taking blood sugar medicines at the same time taking goldenseal should closely keep track of their blood sugar levels. Moreover, goldenseal can also interfere with medications for gastrointestinal disorders.
It is best to consult your doctor before using goldenseal root extract for treating various health problems.