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Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

Generic Name: Goldenrod

Category

Herbs & Supplements

Synonyms

Aaron's rod, acetylene, astragalin, beta-amyrin acetate, beta-dictyopterol, blue mountain tea, Canadian goldenrod, cinnamate, clerdane diterpene, early goldenrod, echte guldenroede (Dutch), elongatolide C, elongatolide E, European goldenrod, flavonoid, golden rod, goldrute, Goldrutenkraut (German), hydroxybenzoates, hyperoside, inulin, isoquercetin, kaempferol, leicarposide, liberty tea, liu chi nu ts'ao, nicotiflorin, oleanolic acid, phenolic acid, phenolic glucoside, polygalic acid, polysaccharide, quercetin, rutin, saponin, solidago, Solidago canadenis, Solidago gigantea, Solidago nemoralis, Solidago odora, Solidago serotina, Solildago spathulata, Solidago virgaurea, solidagolactone, tannin, trans-phytol, vara de oro, wound weed, wound wort, Yahudiotu, yellow weed.

Note: Avoid confusion with mullein, which is also referred to as goldenrod, and with rayless goldenrod, which is a species from the same family as goldenrod

Note: This monograph primarily discusses Solidago virgaurea.

Background

Goldenrod is native to Europe, and there are many different species of goldenrod that possess the same medicinal properties. Frequently, many species, such as Solidago canadenis, Solidago gigantea, Solidago serotina, Solidago odora, Solidago nemoralis, Solidago radiata, and Solidago spathulata, along with many others are used interchangeably with Solidago virgaurea. This monograph primarily discusses the species of goldenrod Solidago virgaurea.

Goldenrod is used as an anti-inflammatory treatment for cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), urethritis (inflammation of the uretha), and arthritis. Goldenrod has also been used to help prevent kidney stones. Traditionally, goldenrod has been used as a diuretic. Although there is currently no available human data to support this use, animal studies have indicated that goldenrod may indeed have diuretic effects. Traditionally, goldenrod has also been used as "irrigation therapy," taken along with excess fluids to increase urine flow in the treatment of diseases of the lower urinary tract.

Although currently there are no quality human trials that have studied the effects of goldenrod, animal studies show promise in inflammation and tumors.

Evidence

DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Tradition

WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Allergies, analgesic (pain reliever), antifungal, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antitumor, arthritis, asthma, astringent, benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate), bleeding (internal bleeding), carminative (reduces gas), catarrh (upper respiratory), cystitis (bladder infection), diabetes, diaphoretic (promotes swelling), diuretic, eczema, gout (inflamed joint), headache (topically), hemorrhoids, hepatomegaly (enlarged liver), hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, laryngitis (inflamed vocal chords), pharyngitis (sore throat), sedative, sinusitis (sinus infection), sore throat, tuberculosis, urinary tract disorders, urolithiasis (kidney stones, prevention of), varicose veins, wound healing, yeast infections.
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