Colds/FIu that are active, Bacterial Infections, Viral Infections, Sinus Infections, Parasites, Pink Eye
Echinacea & Goldenseal is an acute formula, to be used when either one feels like they are about to come down with a cold/flu (take every couple hours), or if cold/ flu symptoms are already present (take at least 3 times per day until symptoms subside). Echinacea stimulates innate immunity and excites phagocytosis of the white blood cells in general circulation while Goldenseal stimulates immunity in the respiratory tract to act more vigorously. It will help keep control over undesirable microorganisms. Goldenseal is indicated for warm and hot immune conditions. In the respiratory, it works best when the mucus is thick, yellow, or green in color. It is an effective remedy for sinus infections. It should only be used when acute or sick. Do not use over two weeks. The key active ingredients of Goldenseal include the alkaloids hydrastine and berberine. They exhibit the antibacterial action effective against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus sanguis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Berberine is also anti-parasitic, amoebicidal, kills giardia, inhibits smooth muscle contraction, and is anti-inflammatory. It is specific for parasitic infections.
The bitter alkaloids from Goldenseal will also increase bile secretion as well as flow by relaxing the bile duct, thus helping in fat digestion. Secondarily they will increase peristalsis and therefore assist in bowel regularity. Echinacea and Goldenseal are effective for infections in any mucosal tissue including:
- Respiratory tract (sinus, throat, lung) Urinary tract (bladder, kidney, ureter, urethra) Digestive tract (whole length)
- Reproductive tract (male and female)
Goldenseal is becoming a threatened plant, so only organically cultivated goldenseal
should be used (Vitality Works uses only organically cultivated goldenseal in all of our liquid extracts).