Early North American settlers learned to quickly adopt the Native attitude
toward this forest plant. Through experience and experimentation goldenseal
was found to be a good colouring agent and potent medicine for many ailments.
Since then, this broadleaf herb has risen to a respected position above
most herbs. It was listed in the U.S.A. Pharmacopoeia due to its medical
importance. Use of goldenseal has transcended international borders, and
it has become a favourite of herbalists and naturopathic doctors the world
People often use goldenseal as an immune system enhancer, infection fighter,
natural anti-biotic, and general health tonic. However, many feel this unique
plant can help with any problem.
As a bitter, goldenseal is one of the best remedies for stomach problems.
It aids in problematic digestion by stimulating bile production. Goldenseal's
ability to control spasms has made it a potent treatment for menstrual pain.
Additionally, this shade-loving plant is a diuretic and laxative.
Recent research shows diabetics can utilize goldenseal to help regulate
their blood sugar levels and insulin production. Studies also confirm the
antimicrobial activity of this perennial is even effective to eliminate
the stubborn bacteria that cause diarrhea.