Historically golden rod has been used as a wound healer.
The botanical name 'solidago' means to make whole. In folk medicine, it is used as a mouth rinse to treat inflammation of the mouth and throat.
Goldenrod has also been used to treat tuberculosis, diabetes, enlargement of the liver, gout, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, asthma, and arthritis. It is great for reducing phlegm and catarrh, in allergy like symtpoms. In folk medicine, it is used as a mouth rinse to treat inflammation of the mouth and throat.
A few animal and test tube studies suggest goldenrod may help reduce inflammation, relieve muscle spasms, fight infections, and lower blood pressure. It does seem to act like a diuretic, and is used in to treat urinary tract inflammation and to prevent or treat kidney stones. In fact, goldenrod is often found in teas to help "flush out" kidney stones and stop inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract.
Goldenrod is sometimes suggested for the following conditions:
- Arthritis and gout
- Colds and flu
- Inflammation of the bladder or urinary tract
- Kidney stones
- Eczema (applied to the skin)
- Minor wounds (applied to the skin)
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