Solidago virgaurea

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Wild About Britain. (2009). Golden Rod – Solidago virgaurea. Retrieved from: http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/pictures/showphoto.php/photo/94605/size/big/ppuser/4500

 

Botanical Name: Solidago viraurea

Common name: Golden rod

Family: Asteraceae (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555)

Parts used: Dried aerial parts (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555)

Constituents

  • Falvonoids: including rutin
  • Catechol tannins
  • Triterpene saponins
  • Phenol glycosides
  • Phenolic acids
  • Essential oil
  • Diterpene lactones

(Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555)

Actions

  • Anticancer (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555)
  • Anticatarrhal (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 585)
  • Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Anti-fungal, Antibacterial (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555; Hoffmann, 2003, p. 585)
  • Antispasmodic (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555)
  • Carminative (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 585)
  • Diaphroetic (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 585)
  • Diuretic (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555; Hoffmann, 2003, p. 585)

 

Indications (Traditional)

Traditionally used both internally and externally to treat upper respiratory tract catarrh, arthritis, menorrhagia and urological problems. Administered as a mouthwash to treat inflammation of mouth and gums (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 556).

Hoffmann states that Solidago is the primary herb for both acute and chronic conditions associated with upper respiratory tract catrrah (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 203).

 

Indications (Contemporary)

  • Cystitis (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555)
  • Inflammation of the nasopharynx with catarrh (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 555)
  • Influenza (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 585)
  • Wound healing (external) (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 585)

 

Preparation & Dosage

Fluid extract: (1:1) 0.5-2mL/2-4 times per day between meals

Infusion: 0.5-1g/150mL water
(Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 556)

 

Cautions

No harmful effects in pregnancy when use is limited (Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 556)

 

Contradictions:

  • Heart and kidney disease
  • Known allergy to goldenrod or members of Asteracea family

(Braun & Cohen, 2010, p. 556)

 

Combinations

Combines with Cudweed, Echinacea, Poke root and Wild indigo for upper respiratory tract catrrah (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 203).

 

REFERENCE

Braun, L., & Cohen, M. (2010). Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence based Guide (3rd ed.). Chatswood NSW: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

Hoffmann, D. (1990). Holistic Herbal. London: Thorsons.

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