(Herbs Knowledge) Goldthread

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Goldthread Scientific Names and Common Names,Goldthread Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Goldthread Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) Goldthread


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Coptis trifolia L. Coptis groenlandica L. Buttercup family

Common Names

Canker root
Huang-lien (Chinese name)
Vegetable gold
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Parts Usually Used

Rootstock, dried
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Goldthread is a low, small, perennial plant; from a slender, golden, creeping rootstock arise the basal, long-petioled, trifoliate, shiny evergreen leaves, each with three toothed leaflets, and the naked scapes, 3-6 inches high, which terminate in a small, white flower. Each flower has 5-7 petals and many stamens. Flowering time is May to August. The fruit is an oblong capsule or pod-like.

Another plant called Yellow root (Xanthorhiza simplicissima) is of the buttercup family also.
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Where Found

Found in mossy, cool, woods and swamps from Labrador south to Maryland and west to Minnesota, Iowa, and Tennessee. Also in Canada, Iceland, Siberia, and India.
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Medicinal Properties

Bitter tonic, antiphlogistic, sedative
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Legends, Myths and Stories

The plant gets its name from the threadlike, bright yellow roots. The yellow color comes from the berberine alkaloid. And, of course, the name canker root came from the fact that the herb treats canker sores.

The Native Americans and the colonists used the gold thread herb for any soreness in the mouth, but it is very bitter.
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Has been used internally as a bitter tonic, particularly for dyspepsia. Its main use has been as a wash or gargle for sores and ulcerations in the mouth, jaundice, throat, and even stomach. It has been a popular folk remedy for inflammations of mucous membranes in the mouth and around the eyes. It is said to help people combat the craving for alcohol. Improves appetite and was given to children for thrush. Contains berberine; anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Used in the treatment of alcoholism.
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Formulas or Dosages

Collect the rootstock in the fall.

Decoction: boil 1 tsp. rootstock in 1 cup water. Take 1 tbsp., 3-6 times a day; or use as a wash or gargle. Rootstock also may be chewed to alleviate mouth sores.

Tincture: take 5-10 drops at a time.

To make a tincture, place 1 oz. of the cut root in a pint of good brandy. Cap tightly and let it stand for 1 week, shaking the bottle once or twice a day. Strain. Dose: 1 tsp. in 1/2 glass water 3 times a day.
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, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

, compiled by Shih-Chen Li, Georgetown Press, San Francisco, California, 1973.

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

, by Frances Densmore, Dover Publications, Inc., 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, first printed by the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, in 1928, this Dover edition 1974

, by Pamela Forey and Ruth Lindsay, Crescent Books (January 27, 1992).

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, published from 1954, print 1988

, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, 1987.

, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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