Golden Seal, Hydrastis Canadensis
Parts used: Root and rhizomes.
Constituents: Alkaloids, Chlorogenic acid, Resins, Lipids, Volatile oil.
Vitamins: A, B-complex, C, and E.
Minerals: calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, zinc and sodium, Salicylate 42µg per mL.
Actions: Anti-haemorrhagic, Hypotensive, Choleretic, Bitter tonic, Anti-microbial +++, Anti-fungal, Astringent, Oxytocic, Laxative, Tonic, Alterative.
Indications:
Menorrhagia, postpartum haemorrhage, varicose veins, haemorrhoids.
Reduces BP.
Dyspepsia, gastritis, colitis, peptic ulcers, chronic cholecystitis.
Liver congestion, jaundice.
Infections, psoriasis, eczema, conjunctivitis, inflammation, candidiasis.
50:50 with Myrrh; fungal infections, athletes foot, growth of H. pylori.
Diarrhoea of infectious origin, mucous membranes, excess perspiration, servical erosion.
Constipation, atony - stimulates smooth muscle.
Stimulates uterine contractions; aids labour. Tonic to the ovaries.
Primary action on mucous membranes in the GI tract.
Balances blood sugar levels esp. after alcohol use.
Externally: eczema, pruritis, ringworms, inflammation, infections, conjunctivitis (infusion), catarrhal deafness, tinnitus.
Tincture 1:5, 25-50mL per week.
Energetics: Cooling, drying, bitter, pungent, Astringent.
Meridians: liver, gallbladder, stomach, large intestine.
Contraindications: Pregnancy, hypertension. Toxic in large doses, use max for 3 months.