What Is Goldenseal Used for Today?
- There is no credible evidence that goldenseal increases immunity. Only one study weakly hints at an immune strengthening effect. 19
- Colds are caused by viruses and don't respond to antibiotics, even if goldenseal were an effect systemic (whole body) antibiotic, which it almost certainly isn't.
- Goldenseal was never used traditionally for the common cold.
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -