Arthritis, Asthma, Bladder stones, Diabetes, Eczema (atopic dermatitis), Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), Gout, Hay fever, Hemorrhoids, Infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs), Internal bleeding, Joint pain, Kidney stone, Tuberculosis, Inflammation of the mouth and throat, when applied directly, Wound healing, when applied directly.
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Goldenrod, any of about 150 species of weedy, usually perennial herbs that constitute the genus Solidago of the family Asteraceae. Most of them are native to North America, though a few species grow in Europe and Asia. They have toothed leaves that usually alternate along the stem and yellow flower heads composed of both disk and ray flowers.
The many small heads may be crowded together in one-sided clusters, or groups of heads may be borne on short branches to form a cluster at the top of the stem.Some species are clump plants with many stems; others have only one stem and few branches. Canadian goldenrod (S. canadensis) has hairy, toothed, lance-shaped leaves and hairy stems; it is sometimes cultivated as a garden ornamental. Solidago virgaurea of Europe, also grown as a garden plant, is the source of a yellow dye and was once used in medicines.
Goldenrod is used for infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs), bladder stones, kidney stones, joint pain, hemorrhoids, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.
The names "early goldenrod," "European goldenrod," and "Canadian goldenrod" are used interchangeably. Don't confuse this herb with mullein, which is sometimes called "goldenrod."
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Some experts warn that goldenrod may interfere with the body's response against COVID-19. There is no strong data to support this warning. But there is also no good data to support using goldenrod for COVID-19.
How does it work?
Goldenrod contains chemicals that may increase urine flow and reduce swelling. It might also kill bacteria and fungi.
Possible side effects include:
- It might cause heartburn and allergic skin reactions.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if goldenrod is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- Latex allergy: People who are allergic to latex might also be allergic to goldenrod. Avoid use if you have an allergy to latex.
- Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Goldenrod may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, chamomile, mugwort, sunflower, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking goldenrod.
- Fluid retention (edema) due to heart or kidney conditions: "Irrigation therapy," during which goldenrod is taken with large amounts of fluids to increase urine flow, should not be attempted in people with fluid retention due to heart or kidney disease.
- High blood pressure: There is a concern that goldenrod might make the body accumulate more sodium. This can make high blood pressure worse.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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