Hydrastis canadensis L

Goldenseal Leaf Hydrasti Folium Ranunculaceae

Goldenseal leaf has been traded, primarily in tea form, for decades though it is not widely used in herbal dietary supplements. Traditionally in the Southeast, goldenseal leaves and tops were used as a tea as a mild stomachic and for the liver and the tea was also given to children. There appears to be no research regarding its use. Its constituent profile is similar to that of the root including containing berberine, though in much lower concentrations. Leaf may adulterate goldenseal root products and can be easily detected microscopically.

Surface view: Upper epidermis characterized by wavy cell walls and the absence of stomata. Lower epidermis

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