Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) was introduced to the West by Native Americans, who used the root as a medicine and as a yellow stain for the face and clothing. Much of the plant's original habitat in the eastern U.S. has become the victim of deforestation. It is now cultivated in the Pacific Northwest.

The plant is a small herbaceous perennial that reaches a height of no more than a foot and produces small flowers and raspberry-like, inedible fruit. The plant has a bitter taste and a strong, disagreeable odor. Only the fleshy underground stem and roots are used medicinally.

Goldenseal contains alkaloids hydrastine, berberine, canadine, and canadaline; these are considered the active constituents.

Goldenseal has not been proven effective however, it is commonly used for sore throat, upper respiratory infections, colds, nasal congestion, allergies, gastritis, consipation, diarrhea, inflammation, and infection.

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Aller-Leaf Liquid PhytoCaps 31% off retail $19.18 Gaia Herbs
Aller-Leaf Liquid PhytoCaps 60 Capsules
Berberine Complex $28.00 Integrative Therapeutics, Inc.
Berberine Complex 90 Capsules
45 Servings
Blood & Kidney Detox 15% off retail $17.00 King Bio Natural Medicine
Blood & Kidney Detox 2 Ounces
Blood Circulation Formula 35% off retail $13.64 Dr. Christopher's Formula
Blood Circulation Formula 100 Capsules
50 Servings
Broncitone 48% off retail $6.55 Nature's Answer
Broncitone 90 Capsules
45 Servings
Candida Formula #2™ (formerly Foon Goos #2®) 49% off retail $6.79 Kroeger Herb
Candida Formula #2™ 100 Capsules
50 Servings
Cold and Flu 41% off retail $6.51 Quantum
Cold and Flu 30 Capsules
30 Servings
Constipation Relief 15% off retail $17.00 King Bio Natural Medicine
Constipation Relief 2 Ounces
Constitutional Enhancer 15% off retail $17.00 King Bio Natural Medicine
Constitutional Enhancer 2 Ounces
Cran-eze 39% off retail $13.47 Phyto-Therapy
Cran-eze 50 VegiCaps
16 Servings
Echinacea Goldenseal 52% off retail $10.22 Planetary Herbals
Echinacea Goldenseal 60 Tablets
30 Servings
Echinacea Goldenseal 27% off retail $8.41 Planetary Herbals
Echinacea Goldenseal 30 Tablets
15 Servings
Echinacea Goldenseal Glycerite 52% off retail $3.82 Nature's Way
Echinacea Goldenseal Glycerite 1 Ounces
Echinacea Goldenseal Phyto-Caps 39% off retail $18.19 Gaia Herbs
Echinacea Goldenseal Phyto-Caps 60 Capsules
Echinacea with  Goldenseal Combo 53% off retail $8.28 Nature's Way
Echinacea with Goldenseal Combo 100 Capsules
33 Servings
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Cautions Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.