Viral and Bacterial Infections, Sinus Infection, Gum Disease
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 (can dilute in water and snort as a sinus irrigation fluid).
It should only be used when acute or sick. Do not use over two weeks. It will help resolve the infection and get the mucus back to a clear infection state. It is not indicated for thin runny mucus. At this stage, expectorants are needed like those found in Respir-Ease/Respiratory Complex. 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 will also increase bile secretion as well as flow by relaxing the bile duct, thus helping in fat digestion and secondarily will increase peristalsis and therefore assist in bowel regularity Goldenseal is 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)
Gum infections of the mouth. Goldenseal is becoming a threatened plant, so only organically cultivated goldenseal should be used.