Hydrastine | definition of hydrastine by Medical dictionary
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An alkaloid of hydrastis; an isoquinoline chemically related to narcotine. (+) hydrastine is a GABA14 antagonist and convulsant.
hydrastine (hī-drăs′tēn′, -tĭn)
A poisonous white alkaloid, C21H21NO6, obtained from the root of the goldenseal and formerly used locally to treat inflammation of mucous membranes.
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Two of the plant's chemical constituents, berberine and hydrastine, have proved to be effective remedies for such intestinal infections.
How It Might Work: Berberine and hydrastine are alkaloid compounds.
Jamieson executives believe that besides the immuno-stimulant properties that echinacea offers, the alkaloids and hydrastine
compounds found in goldenseal help relieve the clogged mucous membranes of the respiratory tracts, especially in the case of inflammatory conditions induced by infection.