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Goldenseal Leaf

  • Hydrastis canadensis
  • Origin: USA
Goldenseal Leaf

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Common Name

Standardized: goldenseal
Other: yellow puccoon, yellow root

Botanical Name

Hydrastis canadensis L.
Plant Family: Ranunculaceae

Overview

Introduction

Goldenseal is a woody herb native to northeastern North America, though it has been on the endangered plants list since 1991. The plant has a long history of medicinal use among the Native American tribes, such as the Iroquois and Algonquin. One of the most prevalent myths surrounding goldenseal is that it can mask urine tests for illicit drugs such as those derived from opium and morphine; this is absolutely false. In fact some studies have shown that it can in fact help promote a false positive reading.

Constituents

hydrastine, berberine, berberastine, canadine, candaline, and hydrastinine, fatty acids, resin, polyphenolic acids, meconin, chlorogenic acid, phytosterins and a small amount of volatile oil

Parts Used

Leaves

Typical Preparations

Tea infusion, tincture and sometimes found encapsulated.

Summary

It should be noted that goldenseal leaf is an ingredient in some commercial ointments and disinfectants.

Precautions

Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.