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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Goldenseal (HYDRASTIS CANADENSIS)

Kick up your immunity with this powerful herbal anti-biotic tincture. Receive maximum benefit in this easy-to-digest preparation, so you get better from a cold or flu fast! Also effective in long-term, chronic infections.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Kick up your immunity with this powerful herbal anti-biotic tincture. Receive maximum benefit in this easy-to-digest preparation, so you get better from a cold or flu fast! Also effective in long-term, chronic infections.

SUGGESTED USE

1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
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Biocharacteristics of Goldenseal

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Moves Energy:
Inward

INWARD

Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Blood Plasma Lymph

BLOOD-PLASMA-LYMPH

Plasma (Rasa Dhatu) includes plasma, white blood cells, and lymph.

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Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Affinity: Immune System
Family: Ranunculaceae, Berberidaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Goldenseal
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Vulnerary

VULNERARY

An herb used for the treatment of wounds (antiulcer, connective tissue tonic).

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Mucolytic

MUCOLYTIC

An herb that breaks apart mucus, liquefying the mucus.

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Antifungal

STRONG ANTIFUNGAL

Herbs that destroy fungus.

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Antimicrobial

STRONG ANTIMICROBIAL

An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.

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Antipyretic

STRONG ANTIPYRETIC

Reduces a fever / febrifuge.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antibacterial

ANTIBACTERIAL

Herbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.

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Antiseptic

ANTISEPTIC

Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Helpful in infections and for those with weak immune systems.

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Antiviral

ANTIVIRAL

Herbs that inhibit the development of viral infections. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil.

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Immune Stimulant

IMMUNE-STIMULANT

Stimulates and strengthens the immune system. Helpful when fighting off a cold or flu.

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Refrigerant

STRONG REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Hemostatic

HEMOSTATIC

An herb that stops bleeding.

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Hypertensive

HYPERTENSIVE

An herb that increases blood pressure.

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Opthalmic

OPTHALMIC

Benefits the eyes, vision tonic.

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Reduces Secretions

REDUCES-SECRETIONS

Stops discharges & secretions (examples include sweat, vaginal discharge, diarrhea, urinary, nasal, etc). Commonly astringent or cooling remedies.

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Vessel Tonic

VESSEL-TONIC

An herb that improves the tone and integrity of blood vessel walls. This is helpful in easy bruising.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Cholagogue

STRONG CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Uterine Stimulant

UTERINE-STIMULANT

Causes contractions in the uterus often by stimulating production of oxytocin. These herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy.

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Constituents:
Berberine

BERBERINE

A bitter compound having strong chologogue, alterative, and anti-microbial properties. Lowers dopamine.

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Toxicity: Moderate - Not for long term use.

Foods with a Similar Nature to Goldenseal

Sage

Sage has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Hypertensive, Mucolytic, Vulnerary, Antipyretic, Decongestant, Immune-stimulant, Reduces-secretions, Antiseptic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Uterine-stimulant

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Antibacterial, Antiviral, Diuretic, Mucolytic, Antifungal, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Hemostatic, Antipyretic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Refrigerant

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Garlic

Garlic has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Mucolytic, Alterative, Antiviral, General-laxative, Vulnerary, Antifungal, Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Mucolytic, Antifungal, Decongestant, Hemostatic

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Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Vulnerary, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Digestive, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Antifungal, Cholagogue

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Digestive, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Antifungal, Cholagogue, Vulnerary

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Aloe Vera Juice / Gel

Aloe Vera Juice / Gel has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antifungal, General-laxative, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Cholagogue, Vulnerary

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, General-laxative, Vulnerary, Alterative, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Digestive, Refrigerant

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Antipyretic, Digestive, Uterine-stimulant, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Vulnerary

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Decongestant, Hypertensive, Antibacterial, Digestive, Immune-stimulant, Burns-toxins

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Goldenseal

Echinacea

Echinacea has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Vulnerary, Alterative, Decongestant, Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Antibacterial, Diuretic, Antimicrobial, Immune-stimulant, Antipyretic, Internal-detoxicant, Antiseptic, Mucolytic, Antiviral, Refrigerant

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Antiseptic, Vulnerary, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Alterative, Hemostatic, Anti-inflammatory, Immune-stimulant, Antifungal, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Uterine-stimulant, Antipyretic, Vessel-tonic

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Calendula, Marigold

Calendula, Marigold has these Actions in Common

Antifungal, Uterine-stimulant, Antimicrobial, Vulnerary, Antipyretic, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Cholagogue, Alterative, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Reduces-secretions

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Neem Leaf

Neem Leaf has these Actions in Common

Antipyretic, Antiseptic, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Alterative, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Antibacterial, Vulnerary, Antifungal, Antimicrobial

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Kushta

Kushta has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Immune-stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Uterine-stimulant, Antimicrobial, Vulnerary, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Digestive

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Mahasudarshan

Mahasudarshan has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Alterative, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Immune-stimulant, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Antiviral

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Guluchyadi Kashayam

Guluchyadi Kashayam has these Actions in Common

Antiviral, Cholagogue, Reduces-secretions, Alterative, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Vulnerary, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic

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Mugwort

Mugwort has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Reduces-secretions, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Antibacterial, Uterine-stimulant, Antiseptic, Cholagogue, Digestive, Diuretic

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Digestive, Diuretic, General-laxative, Hemostatic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Opthalmic, Anti-inflammatory, Vulnerary

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Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam)

Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam) has these Actions in Common

Antibacterial, Antipyretic, Antiviral, Burns-toxins, Cholagogue, Digestive, Alterative, General-laxative, Anti-inflammatory

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Goldenseal may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Alterative: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.
  • Cholagogue: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.
  • Decongestant: For decongestants whose mechanism is vasoconstriction, could potentially increase blood pressure.
  • Decongests-Liver: Liver decongestants can clear medicines from the blood, reducing the effect of the drug.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.

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