EN on Herbs

January 1999 Issue

Use and Misuse of Endangered Goldenseal: More Folklore Than Fact

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is one of the most widely used-or, more accurately, misused-herbs in the U.S. today. It is a low-growing, woodland plant native to the eastern U.S. Thousands swear that goldenseal's roots and rhizomes provide relief from colds and the flu. Herbalists, however, say this is both a waste of money and endangers the plant, which is fast disappearing in the wild. A popular turn-of-the-century novel may have prompted another misuse

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