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GOLDENSEAL IS BETTER THAN GOLD

GOLDENSEAL IS BETTER THAN GOLD />

GENERAL NAME: Goldenseal
LATIN NAME: Hydrastis Canadensis
HINDI NAME: Pit Kanad
ORIGIN: Hydrastis grows in shady wet forests of Canada and eastern part of North America. The plant occurs from Ontario to Georgia. The western border lies in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi. 
BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Hydrostis Canadensis is the only member of the genus Hydrastis. The genus belongs to the Ranunculaceae family, which also includes about sixty genera.
Hydrastis is a perennial herb with a powerful, fleshy brown-yellow rhizome and thin horizontal roots up to 6 cm long. An upright, hairy cylindrical stem usually reaches a height of 15-30 cm. Generally, there are two leaves: one is located closer to the base of the stem, the other is at its top. The edge of the leaves is notched, lamina is wide. There are single flowers of white and pink color at the very top of the stem. Hydrastis does not have corolla. The number of stamens reaches 40, sometimes 70 pieces. Hydrastis Canadensis begins to bloom in May, and in July you can see the appearance of fleshy fruits, vaguely reminiscent of raspberries. The seeds are oval, have a dense skin with a pronounced blossom scar.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: Hydrastis contains isoquinoline alkaloids: canadine, berberine (which causes the yellow color of the root) and hydrastin. It also contains minerals: aluminum, copper, calcium, cobalt, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, silicon. In addition, vitamins A, B, C, E, essential oils and amarines are found in the plant. Hydrastis contains 11% of proteins, 2% of fats, 80% of carbohydrates, 12% of dietary fiber.
Berberine and hydrastin are poorly soluble in water, but freely soluble in alcohol, and therefore alcoholic tincture is more common in the recommendations for use.

HISTORY AND SOME INTERESTING FACTS: 

  • The name of the plant comes from the golden yellow scars that appear on the base of the stem when it is broken. These scars look like a gold wax seal. For this reason, the plant is called Goldenseal.
  • Even before the advent of Europeans in America, Hydrastis was widely used among some Native American tribes as a source of dye, which dyed wool and skin in yellow color. 
  • Hydrastis Canadensis is one of the five best-selling herbal products in the USA.

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.