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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Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) is an herbaceous understory perennial, native to the eastern forests of North America, and is valued for its fleshy rhizomes, which contain the important alkaloids hydrastine
Comments: Golden Seal contains hydrastine
A better documented use for goldenseal is to combat "traveler's diarrhea." Two of the plant's chemical constituents, berberine and hydrastine
, have proved to be effective remedies for such intestinal infections.