Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) is amongst the most popular herb worldwide. Both its leaves and roots are being used to treat a range of health problems particularly those that involve inflammation or infections. It is loaded with a class of alkaloid compounds, with berberine, canadine, and hydrastine, being found in the highest concentrations.
Here are some of the medicinal uses of this perennial plant.
Helps Boost The Immune System
Goldenseal contains the powerful plant alkaloid berberine. This potent component helps activate the macrophages (ta type of white blood cell within the immune system) that devour harmful micro-organisms, thus stimulating the immune system. Furthermore, berberine also possesses antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that can help inhibit the ability of bacteria to attach itself to human cells.
Helps Improve Oral Health
Some studies suggest that goldenseal may help protect against tooth infections.
Researchers of a study recommend the use of goldenseal as a toothpaste or mouthwash to soothe inflamed gums.
Moreover, another study revealed that an herbal mouth rinse containing goldenseal may help reduce the growth of bacteria responsible for gingivitis and dental plaque.
A Natural Diuretic
Goldenseal is a natural diuretic. This means that the consumption of goldenseal extract can help promote urination and sweat in order to get rid of excess water weight.
Goldenseal boosts digestive health by stimulating the production of enzymes and stomach acid, providing a balancing effect on the microbiome, and inhibiting the growth of dangerous pathogens whilst actually enhancing the growth of beneficial bacteria. Also, with its anti-inflammatory effects, the herb can help protect and heal the gut and intestinal tract, thereby providing relief from cramping, constipation, and bloating.
Goldenseal contains berberine that may benefit our skin. This main compound may help fight P. acnes, the bacterium responsible for acne, according to a study. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that may help treat inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and is also effective against herpes, ringworm, blisters, and sores.
It can be made into a poultice and applied directly to problem areas, or used as an ingredient in salves, ointments and skin creams.
Can Be Used For Urinary Tract And Yeast Infections
Goldenseal can be an herbal remedy for urinary tract infections (UTIs) and yeast infections. Its active compound berberine may help stop bacteria from sticking to the walls of our bladder, potentially preventing or helping treat a UTI. It can also keep Candida albicans, a fungus that’s naturally present in the human body, from multiplying in excess. Excess amounts of Candida can cause vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, skin rashes, and UTIs.
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