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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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(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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'I fear that Indian dyes and chemicals and other items may arrive from Dubai after ban on trade with India,' he said, adding Indian items are 15-20pc cheaper than those from China and other countries.
Caption: 4 Dr Himadri Debnath at the BSI Industrial Section with a rediscovered volume from Thomas Wardle's 1880s Specimens of Fabrics Dyed with Indian Dyes. Photograph: Jenny Balfour-Paul, courtesy Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata.
As he stated in his report: "I have no hesitation in affirming that these Indian dyes are well worth the attention of European dyers and printers as possessing properties distinct from, and in many cases superior to, the dyes obtained from artificial sources." (5) As a result, in 1897 The Artist described Thomas Wardle as the greatest living authority on the subject of textile dyeing and printing.

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