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Known As (other names):||Orange root, Yellow root,
Yellow puccoon, Wild raspberry, Tumeric, Indian root|
Golden Seal Constituents
Golden Seal description and
Found in the wild on the North American eastern coast. Widely cultivated.
plant is poisonous unless taken in very small quantities. Medical supervision is
required before embarking on a course of the herb. Do not take while pregnant.
Use for/In treatment of:
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Constituents (Golden Seal Ingredients):
Below we list reported
constituents of Golden Seal. This may not be complete as continuous research
constantly discovers new constituents. |
Berberine: One of the isoquinoline alkaloids.
Berberine has been the subject of many studies on its antibacterial and
antifungal properties - current thinking is that the fact that beberine inhibits
DNA synthesis is the primary reason why it is effective against bacteria and
fungi. Berberine has also been studied to get a better understanding of its
alleged antiarrhythmic action and negative inotropic cardiac effect. Berberine
is also anti-inflammatory and has antitumour effects.
Isoquinoline Alkaloids: A large class of medically active
alkaloids with very varied properties although this group does contain many
constituents from which the most habit forming drugs are made. Precursors of
isoquinoline alkaloids are tyrosine and phenylalanine.
Properties of these alkaloids range widely from
Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antitumor, antimicrobial and antiviral to
analgesic, narcotic and antitussive, plus virtually everything in-between.
Because of this very wide scope each of the alkaloids should be regarded as
individual and no general properties can be attributed to the group known as
Alkaloids Typical alkaloids are alkaline organic vegetable
substances containing one or more nitrogen atoms. This nitrogen base is capable
of combining with acids to form crystalline salts. Most alkaloids are derived
from amino acids while a few are derived from isoprene units. Alkaloids are white or colourless solids containing oxygen (oxygen
free alkaloids are few and far between and then can only exist as liquids) Most
alkaloids are not water soluble, extraction is normally by tincture.
Alkaloids are found in about one quarter of all flowering plants. Thousands of
alkaloids have been identified from a large number of plants where the alkaloid
can be present in virtually every part of the plant or just a specific part like
rhizome, leaf or seed.
generally have profound physiological impact on the human body and nervous
system effects are predominant.
Many alkaloids are used as extracted and refined compounds derived from the
actual plants or synthesised compounds in pharmaceutical drugs.
Several Alkaloids are banned in many countries because of the extreme impact
on the nervous system (strychnine for instance is a deadly poison in very small
doses) and the habit forming nature of some of the alkaloid compounds.
Phenolic acids: Therapeutically valuable and not toxic the
Phenolic acids are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective and
Resins: Brittle, often transparent substances secreted by plants
in response to damage to the plant. Insoluble in water but soluble in
alcohol and non volatile oils, Resins are used in incense because of the high
amount of smoke accompanied when burning them. Unless the resin is broken up
further into various constituents it is difficult to asses the value or
properties of a particular resin.
Fatty Acids: A fixed oil or lipid associated
with therapeutic value in the treatment of cardiovascular symptoms and
conditions. Lipids is also used in preparations for the treatment of chronic
diseases to boost the antiimmune system. some quantity of lipids are present in
virtually all herbs and are present in greater quantities in the seeds.
By far the best known fatty acids are Omega 3 and 6
Golden Seal Contraindications, do not use if:
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We cannot warrant that this list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.|
is Administered as/Available in:
and dried extract.||
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