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Golden Seal

What are other common names?

  • Hydrastis canadensis
  • Chinese Goldenseal
  • Eye Balm
  • Eye Root
  • Eyebalm
  • Eyeroot
  • Fard Inolien
  • Framboise de Terre
  • Golden Root
  • Goldenroot
  • Goldenseal
  • Goldsiegel
  • Ground Raspberry
  • Hydraste
  • Hydraste du Canada
  • Hydrastis Canadensis
  • Indian Dye
  • Indian Plant
  • Indian Turmeric
  • Jaundice Root
  • Orange Root
  • Orangeroot
  • Puccoon
  • Racine Orange
  • Racine à la Jaunisse
  • Radix Hydrastis
  • Sceau D'or
  • Sello de Oro
  • Turmeric Root
  • Warnera
  • Wild Curcuma
  • Yellow Indian Paint
  • Yellow Paint
  • Yellow Puccoon
  • Yellow Root
  • Yellowroot

What is this product used for?

Golden seal is used by some people for infections. Others believe it helps prevent coughing that goes along with colds and flu. Some people will use golden seal to treat loose stools. Others feel it will help with eye irritations. Golden seal is used by some people to lower blood pressure.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Heart problems

    • Liver problems

    • High blood pressure

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Nervousness

  • Low mood

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal pain or itching.

  • Signs of low blood pressure. These include feeling dizzy, weak, or tired; fainting; more thirst; or skin that is pale, cool, and clammy.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Seizures

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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