Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), whose common names also may be yellow puccoon or orange root, is a medicinal herb that has been used traditionally by Native Americans. There have been many studies, as you will see, conducted on this herb’s efficacy as a Candida fighter. There are many individuals who recommend this herb for the treatment of yeast infections; and, you can use it as well safely from home. The power of goldenseal as an herbal Candida remedy likely comes primarily from berberine and hydrastine. These two chemicals are both antifungal and occur naturally in goldenseal. Plants that contain berberine have long been used traditionally to treat yeast infections and other fungal infections.
Goldenseal is a perennial herb in the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. It is native to the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. If you are fortunate to live in a similar climate, you may well be able to start growing your own goldenseal! If you do not have any goldenseal on hand, you can purchase it as a bulk powder, tincture, pill, or salve. You may want to get some type of goldenseal for internal use, along with using it externally. Eliminating Candida from the digestive tract is important for halting recurrent yeast infections.
How to use Goldenseal for a Yeast Infection
You may not have goldenseal on hand and you will have to buy it. Fortunately, there are many ways to procure this medicinal herbal remedy. You can buy a tincture of goldenseal and add it to juice and drink it 3 times a day. This should give the yeast living in your digestive system a blow and help to control recurrent yeast infections. Dr. James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, recommended using it topically. Dr. Duke suggested taking 5 to 7 teaspoons of dried goldenseal and adding it to a cup of water. Bring the cup of water to a boil and then let the herb steep for 20 minutes. Finally, strain the goldenseal out of the water and apply the tea topically to the infected area 3 times a day.
Another approach you could investigate is using apple cider vinegar instead of water for the decoction. Just place 10 to 14 teaspoons of dried goldenseal into about two cups of apple cider vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil and then let steep for 20 minutes. When the liquid has cooled, strain out the herb. You can use this apple cider vinegar tea as a vaginal douche or you can simply apply it topically to the area on your body that is infected. Drinking it may be unpleasant, as vinegar is very bitter tasting! Just use it intravaginally or topically, do not drink the vinegar tea as it will be quite harsh.
Also, if you can procure some dried goldenseal, you can grind the herb up thoroughly and add it to honey. Honey is itself an inhibitor of Candida, and adding goldenseal to it should increase the rate at which you are healed. There are other herbs you can add along with goldenseal for a natural remedy. You can even put a few drops of essential oil into the honey as well. For more information on using honey and herbs to fight a yeast infection, check out our homemade yeast infection cure article.
Goldenseal and Candida Research
One study, published in Planta Medica [67.6 (2001): 561-564], found that the crude extract of goldenseal worked better against Candida than single alkaloid chemicals present in goldenseal. The crude extract killed Candida albicans in 15 seconds versus 1 to 2 hours for the alkaloids (canadine, canadaline, hydrastine, and berberine). There may very well be some degree of Candicidal synergy when all the chemicals in goldenseal are used together; this could explain the power of the crude goldenseal extract. Thus, you would probably be better off using an herbal preparation or essential oil of goldenseal than you would be using just berberine alone.
Another study, that shows goldenseal is a powerful herbal remedy for yeast infections, was published in Mycoses [Vol. 54]. The study used strains of C. albicans, C. glabrata, and C. krusei to evaluate the effectiveness of goldenseal as a natural treatment. Goldenseal effectively inhibited the development of all the various strains of Candida used in the study. This suggest that goldenseal will make an excellent herbal remedy for the treatment of yeast infections—no matter what species of Candida is attacking your body.
Goldenseal Berberine Synergy with Antifungals
One study, published in Archives of Oral Biology [56.6 (2011): 565-572], examined the possible synergy of berberine with two other prescription antifungal drugs: miconazole and fluconazole. The study found that berberine inhibited the growth of Candida species of yeast at 0.98–31.25 mg / L. The order of susceptibility for these Candida species to berberine is, from greatest susceptibility to least: C. krusei > C. kefyr > C. glabrata > C. tropicalis > C. parapsilosis > C. albicans. As you may have noticed, this dilution of berberine in the study is measured in liters, not milliliters. Berberine was seen to work synergistically with fluconazole and miconazole against Candida species. Also, of importance, is the result of using miconazole with berberine against Candida biofilm. The combination of miconazole and berberine reduced biofilm formation by 91% after 24 hours.
Candida biofilm is significant as its presence can increase the resistance of Candida to some antifungal drugs by over 1000 times (Kahn, Ahmad. 2012). Candida can protect itself by forming a layer of slime to cover itself. This layer of slime makes it difficult for drugs to penetrate to the yeast cells and destroy the pathogen. If you have seen no results from prescription drugs, you may very well have a strong biofilm formed in your body which makes it very difficult to see success. Fortunately, many natural compounds found in herbs and essential oils can obliterate Candida biofilm.
Goldenseal has also been shown to work very well when used concurrently with fluconazole. A study that demonstrated this was published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy [50.3 (2006): 1096-1099]. In this study, forty clinical isolates of fluconazole-resistant C. albicans were used to determine the efficacy of berberine and how it would work in tandem with fluconazole. The study found that using fluconazole and berberine together resulted in much greater inhibition of C. albicans development. The study showed that there is indeed a synergistic Candicidal action created when berberine and fluconazole are used together. The researchers in the study stated the following:
Our findings suggested that the combination of fluconazole and BBR [BBR stands for berberine] produced potently synergistic action against fluconazole-resistant C. albicans in vitro… In conclusion, when used in combination with fluconazole, BBR is a promising and safe agent against fluconazole-resistant C. albicans in vitro but further study is needed to determine the underlying mechanism of the synergistic action. The potentiality of using this combination therapy in vivo warrants investigation.
Goldenseal Hydrastine Fights Candida
Aside from containing berberine, goldenseal also contains the chemical hydrastine. According to Dr. James Duke’s phytochemical database, goldenseal contains approximately 15,000 - 40,000 ppm of hydrastine. The average amount, 27,500 ppm, equates to about 27 mg / mL of goldenseal. You may well get more hydrastine then this since this is merely an approximation of the average level present in this herb.
Hydrastine is present in goldenseal almost as much as berberine is, and it is a proven inhibitor of Candida albicans. A study that reports such findings, was published in the German journal Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C [62.1-2 (2007): 19-26]. The study found that both berberine and hydrastine inhibited Candida albicans at a concentration of 4 mcg / mL. There is, of course, about 27,000 mcg in each milliliter of goldenseal; more than enough to deal with a yeast infection.
Side Effects of Goldenseal for Yeast Infections
In general, goldenseal is considered very safe for short term use by adults at reasonable dosages. However, rare side effects of using this herb include vomiting and nausea. Goldenseal, as mentioned, does contain berberine. Berberine could possibly react with some medications. The following medications may be effected by taking goldenseal:
- Cyclosporine: Goldenseal may elevate cyclosporine levels in the blood.
- Digoxin: Goldenseal might elevate levels of digoxin in the blood. This could increase the risk for side effects of digoxin.
- Tetracycline: Berberine in goldenseal may stymie the antibiotic ability of tetracyclines.
- Blood Thinners: Goldenseal may possibly increase the thinning of the blood if you are taking anticoagulant (blood thinning) medications.
Sarah Summer’s 12 Hour Candida Cure
One woman who you may have heard about while researching Candida is Sarah Summer. Sarah had an arduous battle with this yeast. Since her youth, Sarah seemed to be plagued by vaginal yeast infections. It seemed no matter what she did or tried, her yeast infection problem could not be solved. This led to a frustrating time in her life where she frequently had to adapt her life around persistent vaginal yeast infections.
The cycle of treating yeast infections and subsequent recurrence went on for some time; until, Sarah developed what she speculated was a very severe episode of vaginal Candidiasis. She visited her doctor soon after she noticed this severe problem. After analyzing her, her doctor gave her the shocking news that not only was her infection difficult to treat, her doctor said the infection was impossible to fully cure. Apparently the yeast in her vagina had grown tendrils (known as hyphae) into her skin and had become a mold in her body.
Faced with potentially a lifetime of health problems and all the hell that would go with it, she decided to investigate her condition personally. Her husband Robert also joined in and the two began to diligently investigate Candidiasis. Sarah relates that at this time she practically lived in a medical library. The two began to devour remedies and cures, and sought out the medical knowledge that could offer a solution to their problem.
Fortunately, it wasn’t long before Sarah and Robert developed a strategy to give Sarah her health and life back. Sarah discovered that instead of treating the surface level symptoms of Candidiasis, she needed to address the root physiological issues that were prerequisites for her condition. Once she tackled these root causes, and applied a little natural medicine, she found she was totally free of her supposedly “incurable” yeast infection. And, her yeast infections stayed gone—no more annoying recurrent attacks.
Sarah shared her findings and found that the people who tried it, both men and women, got rid of their yeast infections in just 12 hours. It was such a success she decided to share this treatment and wrote a book. Sarah’s book, which contains the exact method to get rid of Candida, is now published by a large electronic publisher. The company who publishes Sarah’s book is actually owned by Keynetics Incorporated; a U.S. based firm. An electronic PDF copy of her book is available at Sarah’s website for immediate download.
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