July 25, 2016

Goldenrod

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What other names is Goldenrod known by?

Aaron's Rod, Baguette d'Aaron, Canadian Goldenrod, Early Goldenrod, European Goldenrod, Gerbe d'Or, Herbe des Juifs, Solidage, Solidage du Canada, Solidago canadensis, Solidago gigantea, Solidago longifolia, Solidago serotina, Solidago virgaurea, Vara de Oro, Verge d'Or, Woundwort.

What is Goldenrod?

Goldenrod is an herb. People use the parts that grow above the ground for medicine.

The names "early goldenrod," "European goldenrod," and "Canadian goldenrod" are used interchangeably. Don't confuse this herb with Verbascum densiflorum, which is sometimes called "goldenrod."

Goldenrod is used to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation), as a diuretic to increase urine flow, and to stop muscle spasms. It is also used for gout, joint pain (rheumatism), arthritis, as well as eczema and other skin conditions. Goldenrod is also used to treat tuberculosis infections that have become active again after a period of inactivity (latency), diabetes, enlargement of the liver, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, hay fever, asthma, and an enlarged prostate.

Some people use goldenrod as "irrigation therapy." This is a procedure that involves taking goldenrod with lots of fluids to increase urine flow in an effort to treat inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract, as well as stones in the kidney or urinary tract.

Goldenrod is used as a mouth rinse for inflammation of the mouth and throat, and it is also applied directly to the skin to improve wound healing.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Spasms.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the mouth, throat, and lower urinary tract.
  • Wounds.
  • Gout.
  • Arthritis.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Skin conditions.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Diabetes.
  • Enlargement of the liver.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Internal bleeding.
  • Asthma.
  • Hayfever.
  • Prostate enlargement.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of goldenrod for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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