Goldenseal was traditionally used by Native Americans to treat skin disorders, digestive problems, liver conditions, diarrhea, and eye irritations.
Health Benefits of Goldenseal Leaf
Goldenseal leaf is a bitter that stimulates the secretion and flow of bile, and can also be used as an expectorant. In some alternative medical line, goldenseal is used for infections of the mucous membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, the intestines, stomach, urinary tract, and vagina.
Early American medical texts refer to the Cherokees and Iroquois using goldenseal to treat cancer, mouth ailments such as canker sores, and stomach issues. Some claim that it can ease colds and upper respiratory infections.
Modern research has isolated a chemical in goldenseal called berberine that might be the source of its acclaimed benefits.
Goldenseal leaf also seems to be effective against the bacterium E. coli, which can cause urinary tract infections and digestive problems leading to diarrhea. Goldenseal’s antibacterial qualities might be the reason behind its reputation as a treatment for various skin ailments and infections.
There are antifungal and anti-infective properties of goldenseal that help explain the healing actions of this herb.