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Medicinal plant with anti-infective and digestive effect, often found in tincture or capsule form.


Name: hydraste, hydraste
Binomial name: Hydrastis canadensis L.
English name: Goldenseal
French name: Hydrastis , sceau d’or
German name: Kanadische Gelbwurzel, Kanadische Orangenwurzel
Italian name: idraste




Alkaloids: hydrastine, canadine, berberine (berberine has an antimicrobial action), essential oil and resin.

parts used



Anti-infectives, disinfectant (eg skin and mucous membranes), antifungal, digestive, tonic, uterine stimulant.


– Some digestive disorders

– Vaginal discharge like vaginitis

– Canker sores

– Sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections

– diarrhea

– minor injuries

Secundary effects

In cases of prolonged use it can cause a deficiency of B vitamins and other side effects (please ask your pharmacist).


Pregnancy, lactation and hypertension.


Diabetic patients taking goldenseal (goldenseal) concurrently with the drug metformin may unintentionally sabotage their efforts to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. This concern arose from a study published in November 2020 in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics   (DOI: 10.1002/cpt.2107 ).


– Hydrast tincture (also to be used as a gargle)
The dosage for internal use of the tincture is about 2 to 4 ml, 2 to 3 times a day.

– Hydrast capsules

– Hydraste tea (to prepare vaginal baths in cases of vaginitis)

Where does goldenseal grow?

Hydrast originates from North America.

When are goldenseal rhizomes harvested?

Hydrast is harvested in autumn.

Interesting Observations

– This medicinal plant is best known in North America, mainly in the United States (Vermont). North American Indians, especially the Cherokee, have used it for a long time as, for example, to disinfect wounds.

– This plant is in danger of stretching in some parts of the United States, because a few years ago this plant was “in fashion”, which caused a high demand. Hydrast is currently less used due to serious side effects when used in high doses or for a long time.

– In the United States, goldenseal is used mainly in herbal medicine in cases of digestive disorders, mainly at the gastrointestinal level.

– Hydrast is often paired with echinacea , a popular natural product, in herbal remedies used for colds and other respiratory tract infections.

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