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Most Common Name: Golden Seal
Botanical Name:Hydrastis Canadensis
Also Known As (other names):Orange root, Yellow root, Yellow puccoon, Wild raspberry, Tumeric, Indian root

Golden Seal Constituents


Golden Seal description and origin:

Found in the wild on the North American eastern coast. Widely cultivated.

This 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. 

Golden Seal Use for/In treatment of:


Golden Seal Properties:


Golden Seal 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 isoquinoline alkaloids.

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.
Alkaloids 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 hypotensive.

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:

We cannot warrant that this list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.

Golden Seal is Administered as/Available in:

LotionFluid and dried extract. 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture

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