Goldenseal Root: Antibiotic
Looking back into the history, goldenseal root had traditionally been used by American natives as an herbal remedy. This herb was cherished by the tribes due to the healing properties it possessed and was widely used as a cure to many diseases like skin issues, digestive disorders and sore eyes. They even mixed It with bear fat and used as an insect repellant. Similar to several other medical herbs this as well was acquainted to the initial American settlers by the native tribes and hence is now being used in the US.
The therapeutic significance of Goldenseal root remained insignificant until the 18th Century. Until this period it was mainly used to improve appetite and stimulate digestion, to treat skin inflammation, remedy for eye infections like conjunctivitis. Though it took really long for the mankind to recognize its medicinal value; when they happened to realize, it became one of the extensively used and popular herbal remedy in the American market. And now, goldenseal roots has still maintained its value and furthermore amplified its usage in the medical field.
The chief active compound of Goldenseal root that is responsible for most of its medicinal value is berberine. Berberine when tested in the laboratories has the ability to kill various types of bacteria mainly E.Coli one of the primary causes for urinary tract infection and diarrhea. Hence berberine is widely used kill several kinds of germs, tapeworms, parasites, even Candida and Giardia infections. Its antibacterial properties have also proven it as a useful exterior disinfectant.
This goldenseal root not only kills bacterial infections, it is also cleanses various vital organs and increases immunity. Eg., berberine activates WBCs, thus increasing the effectiveness of fighting infections and strengthening immunity.
The root facilitates the capacity of functioning the colon, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart, respiratory system and the lymphatic system. It can also be found as an ingredient in herbal remedies for colds, flu, fever and respiratory disorders which helps in preventing the symptoms from further developing.
The goldenseal root soothes sore mucus membranes, relieves congestion, reduces fever and relieves symptoms in ears, nose, throat and eyes.
Apart from being an immune booster and an antibiotic, goldenseal root helps in digestion and calms an upset stomach. It increases the digestive secretions like digestive enzyme, saliva and bile. It also stimulates the appetite. Additionally, it possesses anti-inflammatory properties and helps in controlling menstrual bleeding when it is very heavy.
Goldenseal, in addition to the above mentioned, can also be used for the following:
- allergic rhinitis
- internal bleeding
- gum infections
- alcoholic liver disease
- sore throats
Goldenseal is available in the market in the form of a powder, tablet or tincture. However, when taken continuously, care needs to be taken, as it may upset the intestines’ natural balance.
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