ARGUABLY, this is the king of herbal antibiotics many herbalists believe it is “the cure for everything”. These include cancer, mouth ailments like canker sores and mouth issues, according to an American Medicine text. It finds use in colds and flu, malaria, gonorrhea, pneumonia, just about any stomach or digestive condition, skin problems such as dandruff, ring worm, eczema, eye infections.
In many health food stores, it may be found combined with ECHINACEA for immune boosting.
Golden Seal Root is believed to owe its immense healing powers to chemical compound called BERBERINE. This compound coats the internal surfaces of the cells. Before germs can cause havoc in, say the urinary tract or the gastro-intestinal tract, they would have to adhere to the lining of the cells to draw nutrients which help them to grow their population. But the Berberine coat is slippery and makes it impossible for them to adhere. Deprived of nutrients, these germs become weak and wilt, and can then be easily overcome by the immune system.
In the last century, Golden Seal Root was used as a snuff to ease sinus congestion and troubles. Its broad anti-microbial properties brought relief to many sinusitis patients. Golden Seal Root is a detoxicant, anti-allergy, an hepatic, destroys parasitic worms, is anti-inflammatory, soothes the mucus membrane lining, stops diarrhoea, prevents constipation, kills germs such as E.coli, candida, fungi and viruses, boosts immunity, clears vaginal and prostate gland infections, gonorrhoea, boost the appetite, overcomes fever (especially in prolonged illness in which fever and inflammation may damage the brain).
A physician who prescribes Golden Seal Root often does so with a warning. This herb is so powerful that it should be used in small dosages and for no more than seven days at a time with a seven-day break in between for no longer than two months which gives a cumulative of four weeks therapy. This herb in particular is a bitter principle (good for the liver and the secretions) and cold (infections fighting) and acts astrigently on the nerves and the mucus membranes throughout the body. In this regard, it causes the mucus membrane to overproduce mucus or to reduce production as the needs of the body may indicate. When it is overused, there is a tendency to dry out the mucus membrane, and this is not good for health.