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What other names is Goldenseal known by?

Chinese Goldenseal, Eye Balm, Eye Root, Fard Inolien, Framboise de Terre, Goldenroot, Goldsiegel, Ground Raspberry, Hydraste, Hydraste du Canada, Hydrastis canadensis, Indian Dye, Indian Plant, Indian Tumeric, Jaundice Root, Orange Root, Racine à la Jaunisse, Racine Orange, Sceau D'Or, Sello de Oro, Turmeric Root, Warnera, Wild Curcuma, Yellow Indian Paint, Yellow Paint, Yellow Puccoon, Yellow Root.

What is Goldenseal?

Goldenseal is an herb. The dried root is used to make medicine.

Goldenseal is used for the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, as well as stuffy nose and hay fever. Some people use goldenseal for digestive disorders including stomach pain and swelling (gastritis), peptic ulcers, anal ulcers, colitis (inflammation of the colon), diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and intestinal gas.

Goldenseal is used for urinary tract infections (UTIs), internal bleeding, child birth, bleeding after childbirth, liver disorders, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), jaundice, gonorrhea, fever, pneumonia, malaria, whooping cough, to hide urine tests for illicit (illegal) drugs, and an eating disorder called anorexia.

Women use goldenseal for vaginal pain and swelling and problems with menstruation.

Goldenseal is applied to the skin for rashes, ulcers, wound infections, itching, eczema, acne, dandruff, ringworm, herpes blisters, and cold sores. It is used as a mouthwash for sore gums and mouth.

Some people use goldenseal as an eyewash for eye inflammation and eye infections called conjunctivitis, or "pink eye."

Goldenseal is used in the ears for ringing, earache, and deafness.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Masking illegal drugs in urine tests. Goldenseal is often promoted to mask illicit drugs in the urine. But drinking one gallon of water with goldenseal or adding goldenseal tea to a urine sample does not seem to cause a false-negative result on drug tests for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
  • Colitis.
  • Conjunctivitis.
  • Hay fever.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Loss of appetite (anorexia).
  • Menstrual irregularities.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Stomach ulcers.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate goldenseal 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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