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goldenseal

(gōl′dən-sēl′)
n.
A North American woodland plant (Hydrastis canadensis) in the buttercup family, having small greenish-white flowers and a yellow root used in herbal medicine.
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A perennial herb that contains alkaloids—e.g., berberine and canadine, resin, and volatile oil, regarded by Native American medicine men as antimicrobial, antituberculotic, antiseptic, haemostatic, and a liver tonic
Toxicity It should not be used in pregnancy, as it may stimulate uterine contractions
Contraindications Diabetes, glaucoma, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, prior stroke
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gol·den·seal

(gōld'ĕn sēl)
(Hydrastis canadensis) Herbal remedy that claims unsubstantiated benefit in treatment of anorexia nervosa, cancer, gastrointestinal disease, pruritus, and other conditions. Widely reported adverse effects (e.g., seizures, cardiac problems, respiratory depression). Death has been reported after overdose. Among the most commonly used of all herbal preparations.
Synonym(s): eye balm, yellow paint, yellow puccoon.
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