Potential Effects of Goldenseal on Oral Problems

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Goldenseal, Natural Remedy for Oral Thrush?

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Goldenseal Natural Remedy For Oral Thrush?

What is Oral Thrush And How Does One Get It?

Oral Thrush is a condition caused by the overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus, commonly known as yeast, in the mouth.  Candida is a parasitic type fungus that inhabits the intestines, genital tract, mouth, esophagus, and throat.  Normally this fungus lives in healthy balance with the other bacteria and yeasts in the body, however, certain conditions can cause it to multiply, weaken the immune system further and cause an acute infection.  Symptoms of Oral Thrush include creamy-looking white patches on the tongue and mucous membranes of the mouth.  If the patches are scraped off, bleeding may result. 

Oral thrush can affect both male and female, however it is seldom transmitted sexually.  It is most common in babies and persons with compromised immune systems.  Anyone who has been on long term antibiotic therapy or has taken antibiotics often probably has an overgrowth of Candida somewhere in the body.  Antibiotics weaken the immune system and also destroy the "friendly" bacteria that normally keep candida under control.  Food allergies are often a contributing factor in cases of oral thrush.

What Natural Remedies Does Sleepy Hollow Farm Produce and How Were They Developed?

Goldenseal is a forest understory plant native to the deciduous forests of Eastern North America. Its nutritional benefits have been recognized for hundreds of years with goldenseal being primarily used as a remedy for digestive complaints and as an anti-infective.  

While historical usage provides a strong basis for use today, many ask if there is any scientific evidence to support those uses. As a part of our USDA and National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored research relating to goldenseal, an extensive database of scientifc literature regarding goldenseal's potential actions on body function was compiled. 

Multiple actions were documented regarding goldenseal's potential beneficial effects during times of digestive imbalances such as those caused by fungal and bacterial infections as well as parasites such asCandida albicans. Click here for our DIgestive Support FAQ.

Conventional treatments for oral thrush include several antifungal medications.  Unfortunately, the use of these agents, especially in chronic or repeated cases, can lead to the development of stronger strains of yeast that are drug resistant.  Higher doses are then required which in turn further weaken the immune system.

Fortunately there is a completely natural remedy for Oral Thrush.  Goldenseal is a natural plant antimicrobial and modern research has demonstrated goldenseal's effectiveness against  Candida as well as a wide variety of oral diseases including canker sores, mouth ulcers, and gum disease on many occasions*.  Several university studies are currently underway to determine why goldenseal is so effective in these areas including one, supported by the National Institutes of Health, entitled Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Remedy For Oral Diseases being conducted in the laboratories of Dr. Christine Wu at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  Please see our Goldenseal Research page for an extensive compilation of current medical research regarding goldenseal as well as information about traditional uses and cultivation research.

How Quick Does It Work and How Do I Use Goldenseal?

Many of our customers report that goldenseal provided relief from pain in a few hours time and total healing within a few days without resorting to synthetic chemicals or antibiotics. 

Traditionally powdered goldenseal was applied directly to the site of the infection however we have found the liquid extract to be the most convenient and easy to use. Simply apply the liquid extract to the affected area as needed with a cotton swab.

Side Effects and Cautions:

  • Goldenseal is considered safe for short-term use in adults at recommended dosages. Rare side effects may include nausea and vomiting.

  • There is little information about the safety of high dosages or the long-term use of goldenseal.

  • Goldenseal may cause changes in the way the body processes drugs, and could potentially alter the effects of many drugs.

  • Other herbs containing berberine, including Chinese goldthread (Coptis trifolia) and Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium), are sometimes substituted for goldenseal. These herbs may have different effects, side effects, and drug interactions than goldenseal.

  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid using goldenseal. Berberine, a chemical in goldenseal, can cause or worsen jaundice in newborns and could lead to a life-threatening problem called kernicterus.

  • Goldenseal should not be given to infants and young children.

  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health.

Why Should I Buy From Sleepy Hollow Farm?

With new and increased demand for natural health care products, Sleepy Hollow Farm is setting the standard for goldenseal product development through our USDA and NIH sponsored research.  Strategic partnerships with the research facilities of seven major universities and our commitment to medicinal plant research has given us access to expertise and technology matched only by the largest pharmaceutical companies.

Goldenseal has potential to be effective against a wide range of digestive imbalances however, increased demand has led to overcollection from the wild.  Our products begin with fresh herbs selectively hand harvested from the forest floor and sunny meadows of our farm.   We then transform these herbs into an array of health enhancing products. 

Our goldenseal extracts are produced in an FDA Good Manufacturing Practices compliant facility from goldenseal grown on the certified organic plantations of our grower cooperative, not wild collected plants.  Produced with an attention to detail that only a family run operation can deliver, our products are potent, environmentally friendly, and unsurpassed in quality. 

We unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with our products or your purchase price will be cheerfully refunded.  In fact, since goldenseal has such a wide range of potential uses, we are sure that once you see the difference goldenseal can make in your life, you medicine chest will never be without it!!! 


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease.  This statement is required by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Support for this work is gratefully acknowledged from a series of Small Business Innovation Research Awards from the United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine(NIH/NCCAM). The opinions expressed are those of the Author and do not necessarily represent those of USDA/NIFA and/or NIH/NCCAM.

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