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Benefits of Goldenseal 


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What are the benefits of goldenseal?

Goldenseal is suggested to treat common cold, the flu, allergies, stomach problems, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), liver problems, boost the immune system and for passing marijuana drug tests.

As well, there are mouth wash formulations for treating gum problems and cream formulations for treating eczema, acne, rash and herpes. Experts believe it has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

It is commonly combined with echinacea in a pill and sold to treat symptoms of the common cold or the flu. Anecdotal reports claim that it can enhance the effects of echinacea.

Are there any clinical studies to show the benefits of goldenseal?

All the clinical studies used an active ingredient berberine found in goldenseal. To get that amount of the active ingredient by taking goldenseal, you will be taking a ridiculously high dose.

Does taking goldenseal mask drug test for marijuana?

Goldenseal is often marketed to help you pass drug testing.

Beating drug tests for marijuana or other drugs like cocaine can be very difficult (if not impossible). Clinical studies show that taking goldenseal does not mask the fact that you are using marijuana.

Another study showed that even drinking a gallon of water while taking goldenseal compared to just drink the water alone didn't affect the results of the drug test.

Where did the rumour started that goldenseal can mask drug use?

The author John Uri Lloyd published a novel titled Stringtown on the Pike that mentioned using this herb.

Are there any side effects from using goldenseal?

In clinical studies, there are no side effects reported from using goldenseal or the active ingredients berberine by itself. Avoid using this herb if you are pregnant or breastfeeding your infant.

What are the dosage I can use?

Capsules or tablets (dried root) - Take 500 to 2,000 mg up to three times daily.

Extract - Take 30 to 120 mg up to three times daily

Tincture - Take 2 to 4 mL up to three time daily (1:10 extract)

Tea - Take 1 gram of the root and boil in a cup of water for 10 minutes.

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Revised: November 10, 2009


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