Goldenseal is one of the five top-selling herbal products in the U.S. Today’s traditional uses of goldenseal have broadened to include the natural treatment and prevention of coughs and colds, respiratory tract infections, allergies, eye infections, digestive issues, canker sores, vaginitis, urinary tract infections and even cancer.
Goldenseal contains berberine, which has been been proven to be antimicrobial, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory and blood glucose lowering.
What are the benefits of taking echinacea? Although there seems to be an infinite number of echinacea benefits, these nine stand out.
1. Combats Cancer
Fascinating research about echinacea benefits regarding brain cancer has been published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Stating that, the “medicinal value of phytochemicals contained in Echinacea is clearly evident and indicates that these agents, as well as phytochemicals not yet discovered in other herbs, may be valuable tools to combat tumors.”
The use of echinacea as another natural cancer treatments now being recommended, literally, “alongside — or indeed in place of — conventional therapy.”
2. Boosts the immune system
How does Echinacea help with colds? Published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, the University of Connecticut performed a meta-analysis study that evaluated 14 studies and determined that:
Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent.Echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days.
Craig Coleman, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and lead author of the study, added that, “The take home message from our study is that echinacea does indeed have powerful cold prevention and cold treatment benefits.” As I’ve discovered, it’s one of several effective natural cold remedies.
According to Dr. Coleman, “The significance of that finding becomes clear when you consider Americans suffer from one billion colds annually and spend about $1.5 billion annually for doctor’s visits and another $2 billion annually on non-prescription cough and cold treatments.”
The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that the immune system seems to be strongly influenced by the level of the echinacea dose. It appears that 10 milligrams of echinacea per one kilgram of body weight, taken daily over a 10-day period, is effective as an immune system stimulant.
In addition, the medical journal Hindawi has published material suggesting that echinacea stops viral colds. However, the most significant results of echinacea benefits with regards to the immune system were the effects when used on recurring infections. To date, research shows that echinacea probably reduces cold symptoms, but it seems its effects are more powerful once cold symptoms start.
Therefore, you can see why echinacea is a favorite recommendation for integrative physicians, homeopaths, naturopaths and more for their patients.
3. Alleviates Pain
Echinacea’s history began when Echinacea purpurea was used by the Great Plains Indians as a painkiller. It’s an especially effective natural pain reliever for the following types:
Pain in the bowels, Pain associated with headaches, Pain associated with HSV (herpes), Pain associated with gonorrhea, Pain associated with measles, Snake bites, Soreoats, Stomach ache, Tonsillitis, Toothache
Some common ways to use echinacea to combat pain is to drink the herbal echinacea tea, or even make a paste out of the dried herb and rub it directly on the area that is affected.
4. Functions as a Laxative
Like many herbs, echinacea is particularly healing for the stomach and entire gastrointestinal tract. According to Medical Herbalism, for example, echinacea can be used as a mild natural laxative to provide natural constipation relief and as a calming agent.
Drinking the herbal tea is especially effective to help with this. For more chronic conditions, a cup of tea every day can help loosen the bowels — whereas 2–3 cups per day can help with sudden bouts. However, be sure not to over use echinacea, keeping watch to limit your tea to two cups a day max and taking supplements as directed on their labels.
Arguably the number one killer worldwide, inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Various factors — including stress, toxins in our food and poor sleep — all contribute. Thankfully, as explained by the University of British Columbia, regular echinacea consumption can effectively reverse and alleviate various types of inflammation.
The National Institute of Health reports that it can even help with uveitis, or eye inflammation. It’s a good idea for people who struggle with chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis to regularly consume the herbal tea