Hydrastis canadensis

origin : United States


Goldenseal Root, also known as Indian Plant, Yellow Paint Root, Jandice Root, Goldenroot, Yellow Eye, is among those natural herbs that are members of the buttercup family. Native to the northeastern woodland biome of New England, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces of Canada (hence the name Hydrastis canadensis), Goldenseal Root is thick and knotted, with a yellowish color. It is a perennial plant that blooms in late May and early June, then bears a single raspberry-like fruit in the summer before it dies back in late September and October.

The active ingredients in Goldenseal Root are alkaloid in nature. The effects and benefits of such Native American herbs have not been tested nor approved by the FDA; Goldenseal Leaf is one of the Native American herbs with a long history. Called Hydrastis canadensis by those in the botanical sciences, goldenseal leaf was used by Iroquois and Algonquin-speaking Indians of present-day Ontario, Quebec, New York and New England as one of their primary medicinal herbs. Dried Goldenseal Leaf was ground into a powder and administered.



  • good for common cold, stuffy nose, hay fever
  • upper respiratory tract infections
  • digestive disorders
  • gastritis
  • stomach pains
  • peptc ulcers
  • diarrhea
  • instestinal gas
  • constipation
  • hemorrhoids
  • healthy skin



  • cold + bitter


Warning : excessive use of such herbs may result in gastro-intestinal irritation.

Women who are pregnant and/or lactating as well as young children should avoid ingesting this herb


  • This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or condition.

    In addition, many herbs are not safe in pregnancy, lactation, children, and in certain health conditions.

    When using plants medicinally, please check with your licensed healthcare provider. In addition, strongly consider working with a trained herbalist.