used to strengthen the immune system; acts as an antibiotic; has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, potentiates insulin, and cleanses the body. Good for colds, flu, inflammation, glandular swelling, gum disease, morning sickness, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and ulcers.
An herb (Hydrastis canadensis). Goldenseal root is an important plant to North American Indians who use it to address local inflammation and debility. The root contains a group of alkaloids, hydrastine, berberine and palmatine, which are strong astringent and antiseptic agents. Hydrastine has also been shown to stimulate peristalsis and improve digestion. Today, goldenseal remains one of the most popular herbs used in a variety of applications.