Also indexed as:Hydrastis canadensis
Goldenseal: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Hydrastis canadensis

Side Effects

Taken as recommended, goldenseal is generally safe. However, as with all alkaloid-containing plants, high amounts (several times higher than the recommended amounts) may lead to gastrointestinal distress and possible nervous system effects.7 Goldenseal is not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women. Also, despite some traditional reports, goldenseal is not a substitute for antibiotics.

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