A potent remedy for disorders affecting mucous membranes of the
body, notably of the eye, ear, nose, and throat, the stomach and intestines, and
the vagina. As a dilute infusion, goldenseal can be used as an eyewash and as a
mouthwash for infected gums. Highly valued as a remedy for psoriasis.
Internally, goldenseal increases digestive secretions, astringes the mucous
membranes that line the stomach, and checks inflammation. It should not be taken
for an extended period of time because it reduces the body's ability to absorb
some nutrients; notably, B vitamins. It helps to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding
and is used by some mid-wives to stop
postpartum hemorrhage. Goldenseal stimulates the muscles of the uterus and
should NOT be taken during pregnancy.