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  • Goldenseal?

    Can anyone attest to using golden seal supplements? A co worker said it was good for building resistance and preventing infections as a herbal antibiotic. I'm afraid to try it should it aggravate my bladder. Any comments? Suggestions? Thanks!
    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

  • #2
    All I know is that it is a powerful detoxifier and can be used to cleanse the liver like when you quit smoking. It is strong, I would use it with caution. Ask your doctor or a nurse. I bet Sandy RN or Babs RN would know.

    IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

    Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

    "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

    "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

    Current Treatments:
    Interstim Since 5/25/07!
    Birth Control


    • #3
      i have used goldenseal and still use it to this day. It is not meant for long term use tho.The active ingredients in Goldenseal are the alkaloids hydrastine and berberine. Similar in action, they destroy many types of bacterial and viral infections. These alkaloids can also reduce gastric inflammation and relieve congestion. Berberine is a bitter that aids digestion and that has a sedative action on the central nervous system.trengthens the immune system, acts as an antibiotic, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, potentiates insulin, and cleanses vital organs. It promotes the functioning capacity of the heart, the lymphatic and respiratory system, the liver, the spleen, the pancreas, and the colon.

      Taken internally, Goldenseal increases digestive secretions, astringes the mucous membranes that line the gut, and checks inflammation. It also aids digestion by promoting the production of saliva, bile, and other digestive enzymes. In addition it may control heavy menstrual and postpartum bleeding by means of its astringent action.

      As a dilute infusion, Goldenseal can be used as an eyewash and as a mouthwash for gum disease, and canker sores. It is also an effective wash or douche for yeast infections. External applications have been used in the treatment of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, athlete's foot, herpes, and ringworm.


      • #4

        Are you using the Goldenseal root or Goldenseal herb?
        DES Daughter
        IC- I only get the horrible pain the the urethra and burning.

        Also the IC diet has helped wonders, although its hard to balance with a diabetic diet due to the inability to use artificial sweeteners.

        For my Skin and/or Wounds:
        cipro 250s 1@ 3x a day
        ketoconizole 2% cream

        ketoconizole 2% cream (As an anti-fungal) used after bathing because the last thing I need is a yeast infection down there...

        For the IC:

        IMIPRAMINE 10MG TABLETS 2 taken at bedtime
        Vicodin 5/500 1@2x a day (as needed)
        Valium 2mg@ 3x a day
        Desert Harvest Aloe Vera taken@ 2 every 12 hours
        Prelief 2 as needed

        Other Misc meds:
        Prozac 20mg 1x a day
        Humulin 70/30 100 units 2x day
        Simvastatin 20mg 1x day
        Zaroxolyn 5MG @ 1 in the AM
        Glucosamine 1500 MG @ 1 a day
        Lisinopril 5mg @ 1 a day
        Natrol Energizer Mulivitamins taken at 1 a day
        (these are the only Multivitamins I found with Ester-C and with food based ingredients so they don't aggravate the IC)

        Tried and Stopped:
        quercetin ( stopped because it added to my edemas
        MSM pills (Stopped because I took one of these and got hives)
        Pyridium 200mg (Didn't work, was still in pain)
        ibuprophen 600mg 3x a day (aggravated the IC)
        Continual Birth Control (huge flare)

        I'm extremely sensitive to anything that even might in the smallest chance cause me to retain water and I wind up looking like a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

        Phew. I think thats it.


        • #5
          further goldenseal info

          My herbal teacher claimed he healed someone's IC with goldenseal (large amounts over several weeks), but frankly I don't believe it - Perhaps they really had an infection that the goldenseal got to. I would not take large amounts unless under the care of a very experienced herbalist. There seems to be some debate at how toxic too much berberine is. Goldenseal that doesn't come from the root is usually low in the active alkaloid ingredients. The highest quality is very expensive and usually professional herbalists have access to it. Oregon grape also contains berberine and several other herbs do also. PV
          I got IC in 1970! I was not diagnosed until 1991. I've tried many drugs and therapies but I tend to only resort to drugs when in a flare because when I am not in a flare (from being good on diet), I suffer only from small bladder volume (like about 7 ozs.) and peeing will relieve the discomfort. When I am feeling relatively normal, I say to myself I am glad I am not on a drug. When I am in a flare, I say, why am I not on a drug! I've recently have been trying to solve my connective issue problems in general. I look to diet and herbs mostly unless it gets really bad. I still think there is great hope for each individual finding a path to healing and there are many.