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Golden Seal Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

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General Name
English Name
Botanical Name
Hydrastis Canadensis
Hindi Name
Pit Kanad

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Golden Seal Cures

Highly Effective


Action of Golden Seal

Most Effective

Nutrients in Golden Seal

Most Effective

Taste of
Golden Seal


Parts Used

Roots, Rhizomes

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Golden Seal

It is always recommended to take any herb in a suggested dose or in small packages. Please must see the side effects of high doses.
High doses of Goldenseal may result in some allergic reactions. You may feel shortness of Breath and Throat problems. Please stop the consumption if you have Hives, Irritation on Skin, Swelling on Mouth and Throat. It may cause Inflammation in the mucous membranes and Vagina too.
If anyone takes high doses of Goldenseal on empty stomach, he or she may feel Nausea, Vomiting and Gastrointestinal problems.
It may get mix with breast milk and give rise to health issues in a baby.
Avoid usage if have blood pressure problems, Heart Problems, Diabetes or Glaucoma.

Avoid use during Pregnancy, Breast Feeding and Hypertension.
It may get mix with breast milk and give rise to health issues in a baby.

Avoid usage, if allergic to Ragweed.
Consult a doctor before consumption, in case of Heart Disease, Glaucoma or Diabetes.
It may intreact with antipsychotic drugs, consult your doctor before using.


Golden Seal is a plant.
It is perennial.
It grows in a subtropical climate.
It grows up to 30 Cm.
Best used for Food Poisoning.

Meridians Associated : Liver

Cancer Treatment : Useful in treating cancers of the following organs.
Gastrointestinal Tract


Materia Medica for Golden Seal

Goldenseal General

Goldenseal is a perennial herb of the Ranunculaceae family. It is native to Canada and United States.
Goldenseal contains Berberine. The presence of Berberine makes it a strong Antibiotic. Goldenseal may prevent Cold and Flu symptoms from developing. It calms the mucous membranes of the Respiratory tract.
It improves overall digestion by enhancing the flow of digestive enzymes. Suffering from digestive tract disorders? Try Golden Seal. It is a good herbal cure for Peptic Ulcers, Heartburn, Diarrhea and Constipation.
It is a cure for Eye infections like Conjunctivitis and Blepharitis. It is used as an Eyewash and treats Sore or Inflamed eyes.
It helps in treating Wounds, Boils and Ulcers.
Goldenseal is effective for Gonorrhea and Urinary Tract Infections.
It is beneficial in treating Infections and Inflammations.
The Astringent properties are used to treat inflamed or swollen tissues of Vagina, Stomach and Throat. It is externally used for Vaginal Infections.
It is used for gargling and mouth wash. It cures Mouth Ulcers and provides relief from infected gums. Gargling with goldenseal is effective for Sore Throat.
It is useful in treating Menstrual Disorders.
Goldenseal is a good herbal remedy for Tennis Elbow.
It stimulates the secretion and flow of bile.
Its combination with Echinacea strengthens the Immune system.
It helps to treat Gallbladder Diseases.
Its root is used as an Insect repellent.

Caution: Consult a doctor before consuming it.
Keywords: Sore Eyes, Wounds, Boils, Ulcers, Gonorrhea, Urinary Tract Infections, Diarrhea, Indigestion, Infections, Inflammation, Cold, Flu, Mouth Ulcers, Sore Throat, Menstrual Disorders, Vaginal Infections, Tennis Elbow, Gallbladder Diseases

Methods of Administration. How to take
Tincture. The best and the most potent method of consuming Golden Seal is to Tincture it.
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Decoction: Make a tea.
Put l/2 teaspoonful of the powdered root in a cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for l0 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Single Herb

Golden Seal for Candidiasis

Drink Golden Seal root tea 2-3 cups a day.
Or have Golden Seal capsules.
Else have Golden Seal extract.
For Golden Seal Tincture: Take 20-50 drops 3 times a day.
Caution:Avoid use during pregnancy.

Golden Seal for Aphthous Ulcers

Add 2 tsp of dried Golden Seal to a cup of boiling water. Steep. Let it cool. Gargle 3-4 times a day.

Golden Seal for Athlete's Foot

Add 6-8 tsp to a cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Apply it on the affected area thrice a day.

Golden Seal for Purifying Blood

Prepare a tea. Drink thrice a day.
OR: Have Golden Seal Capsules.

Golden Seal for Infections

Prepare a tea from dried herb. Drink twice a day.

Goldenseal ( Pit Kanad ) for Nose Bleed

Put a tablespoon of Goldenseal in two cups of water. Boil for five minutes. Let it cool. Put 2-3 drops in nostrils. Repeat this 2-3 times a day.

Golden Seal ( Pit Kanad ) for Small Pox

Prepare a decoction of the Goldenseal root. Add few drops of Linseed oil to it. Sponge the body with it.

Golden Seal ( Pit Kanad ) for Sinusitis

Golden Seal ( Pit Kanad ) enhances the growth of white blood cells which fight against infections.
Powder dried Golden Seal ( Pit Kanad ). Boil quarter teaspoon powder in a cup of water. Drink it twice a day.

Golden Seal ( Pit Kanad ) for Hematoma

Have two capsules of Golden seal two times a day.
Prepare a decoction of Golden seal roots. Wash the affected area with this when bearably hot.

Golden Seal for High Cholesterol

Prepare a root decoction of Golden Seal. Consume 10 ml of it thrice a day.

Golden Seal for Earache

Mix Golden Seal tincture ( available in market ) with Olive oil in 1:2 ratio. Use it as an Ear Drop.
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Herbal Treatment Acne 2

Take 1 tsp of chopped dried Oregon Grape root, 1 tsp chopped Goldenseal root and 1 tsp of powdered Lavender. Mix them well. Boil in a glass of water for 20 minutes. Cool. Wash your face with it twice a day.
Or : Add 1 tsp of powdered Oregon Grape root and Goldenseal root in few drops of hot water. Prepare a paste. Add 4-5 drops of Lavender Oil. Apply on the affected area and let it dry. Rinse. Apply Aloe Vera gel if skin gets dry.

Herbal Treatment Acne 3

Prepare a tincture of Oregon Grape, Berberis Aristata ( Kilmora ) , Coptis, Golden Seal. Take 18-20 drops in 1/4 cup of water thrice a day up to 2 weeks.

Herbal Treatment Flu 3

Grind 1/8th tablespoon of Goldenseal (Root), Onion (bulb), Basil(Leaves) each. Take it with lemon water two times a day.
Or: Prepare a tea by adding Basil, Ginger . Have two times a day.

Herbal Treatment Blurred Vision 1

Take the leaves and the Flowers of the following herbs:
Chickweed, Barberry, Marigold ( Gendha ), Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Eyebright, Cornflowers.
Prepare an infusion. Let it cool. Use as an eyewash, 2-3 times a day.

Herbal Treatment Blurred Vision 2

Take the leaves and the Flowers of the following herbs:
Eyebright, Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Chamomile, Marigold ( Gendha ), Witch Hazel.
Prepare an infusion.Use the infusion to dampen a soft cloth. Keep it over your eyelids, and lie down for 10 minutes.

Herbal Treatment Menstrual Disorders 5

Grind equal quantity of Goldenseal ( Pit Kanad ) and Wake Robin together. Take one teaspoon with lukewarm milk at night.

Herbal Treatment Itching 7

Take equal quantity of Golden Seal ( Pit Kanad ) and Witch Hazel. Grind them together. Add little water to make a paste. Apply on the affected part for 20 minutes and then wash.

Herbal Treatment Sore Throat 4

Put the below mentioned herb in one glass of boiled water.
Two chopped Parsley leaves.
2-3 cloves.
One tablespoon powdered Myrrh.
1/4 tsp of powdered Goldenseal.
Drink decoction two-three times a day.

Herbal Treatment Cuts 4

Make a paste by adding equal amount of Myrrh and Golden seal. Apply.

Herbal Treatment Chicken Pox 4

Prepare a decoction by taking equal quantity of the roots of below mentioned herbs:
Golden Seal
Yellow Dock
Sponge the whole body with this water.

Herbal Treatment Small Pox 1

Take Burdock root, Yellow Dock root and Golden seal in equal quantity. Prepare a tea. Have bath with this tea.

Herbal Treatment Sty 1

Take the following herbs in equal quantity.
Verbascum Thapsus ( Leaves )
Raspberry ( Leaves )
Golden Seal ( Roots )
Slippery Elm ( Leaves )
Lobelia ( leaves )
Common Marshmallow ( leaves )
Grind them together. Apply as a fomentation.

Herbal Treatment Sinusitis 3

Take Echinacea root and Golden Seal root in equal proportion. Powder them together. Boil 4 pinches powder in a cup of water. Have it twice a day.

Herbal Treatment Chest Congestion 5

Mix half tablespoon of dried Yarrow and Golden Seal.
Boil in a cup of water for 5-7 minutes.
Drink warm.
It works as a very good decongestant.

Herbal Treatment Acne 32

Take one tablespoon each of dried powdered Golden Seal ( Pit Kanad ) root and Oregon Grape Root. Put these herbs in a cup of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Let it cool. Strain and use it as a face wash.
These combination is effective due its below mentioned properties :
Oregon Grape contains Antimicrobial and Anti-inflammatory which help to curb inflammation and kills Acne causing bacteria.
Golden Seal ( Pit Kanad ) possesses Antimicrobial and Antibacterial properties. These properties are beneficial in treating Acne and provides nutrients to the skin.

Herbal Treatment Acne 33

Lavender Essential Oil and Goldenseal ( Pit Kanad ) both have their own properties which are active against Acne. When both are used together, the results are good and fast.
Lavender Essential Oil is good to heal the Acne prone skin. It also gives soothing effects.
Antibacterial and Antimicrobial properties of Goldenseal ( Pit Kanad ) work against Acne and make skin healthy.
Mix Lavender Essential Oil with a teaspoon of powdered Goldenseal ( Pit Kanad ) Root to make a paste. Apply on the affected skin and let it dry. Rinse it off with normal water.
Note : It may cause dry skin.Apply any natural moisturizer after washing the paste.
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