Goldenseal Uses and Contraindications
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name Not Given
Posted on: October 18, 1998

What are the side effects of taking golden seal? How often and how long should you take them to cleanse your system? Anything you shouldn’t eat or drink while taking?

Golden Seal’s most important use is to improve the mucous membranes of the intestines, and the vaginal and urinary tracts. Because it is not an abundant herb, in the interests of conservation it is usually used only during an acute phase of an illness. In chronic illnesses, other herbs with the same actions are used. As a substitute, Plantain (Plantago lanceolata or Plantago major) has a beneficial effect on the mucous membranes, supports the lymphatic system, is anti-bacterial and a blood tonic.

Goldenseal is contraindicated in pregnancy, when it may cause contractions of the womb. It should not be taken with Eucalyptus.

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