Goldenseal is a perennial plant in the forests of the Eastern and Midwestern United States.


Genus: Hydrastis (H. canadensis, other)


Common names: orange root, yellow root, yellow Indian paint, ground raspberry, eye root, others


Active ingredients: hydrastine and berberine


Items ingested:

(1) dark red berries

(2) golden yellow rhizomes (root)


Clinical effects:

(1) diarrhea

(2) irritation to mouth and throat

(3) nausea and vomiting

(4) paresthesias

(5) exaggerated reflexes

(6) hypertension, or hypotension (in overdose)

(7) respiratory depression and failure (in overdose)

(8) seizures


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