Goldthread - Coptis Chinensis

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This Goldthread (Coptis chinensis) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the third edition of this book with additional herbs, as well as updated and expanded information in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Goldthread - Coptis chinensis in the Ranunculaceae or Buttercup family

Parts used: Root.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling and drying.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:4 dry liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is indicated with lazy digestion, gastric pain and infectious conditions of the intestinal tract or infectious conditions with general inflammation. Berberine, found in goldthread (Coptis chinensis), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and Oregon grape root (Mahonia spp.), is a choleretic shown to triple bile secretion for 1.5 hours and is effective against bacteria, yeast and protozoa. Clinically, berberine has been used to treat Giardia, cholera, amebiasis, as well as visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis.

Use: (a) Alterative, (b) Anti-inflammatory, (c) Laxative in small doses, (d) Stomachic, (e) Antiparasitic, (f) Antifungal, (g) Antibacterial, (h) Antioxidant.

Goldthread is indicated with lazy digestion, gastric pain and infectious conditions with general inflammation. It is commonly used for digestive tract infection as well as respiratory infections such as pertussis and sore throats. The root is additionally used for toothaches, diabetes, and eczema.

Goldthread is used for infections, ulcerations and inflammations.

I use it similar to Goldenseal, but Goldenseal is more astringent.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to uterine stimulation, unless used under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner

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