If you’d like an immune-system booster that is also an antibacterial- a natural one- consider buttercup.
Why? Go back in time a couple hundred years and ask a Cherokee or Iroquois Indian what to take when you have a cold and he will tell you to harvest some buttercup roots. Native Americans used the roots of this wildflower as a remedy for a range of ailments- including sore eyes, cancer, whooping cough, diarrhea, pneumonia, skin disorders, and colds.
Don’t run down to the drug store or health-food store and ask for buttercup root; They may look at you strangely. This herb is better known as Goldenseal.
Goldenseal is one of the most popular herbal products in America today. It is frequently found combined with Echinacea, a natural immune-system booster, as a natural cold and flu remedy.
Goldenseal is also a popular immune-system booster stimulant; But it can do one thing that Echinacea cannot- it can kill bacteria. In other words, it is a natural antibiotic.
The powerful antimicrobial ingredient in Goldenseal is called Berberine and it has been shown to be effective against bacteria, amoebae, yeast, and fungus. While it may not be as potent as today’s modern antibiotics, it proved useful to the Native Americans in fighting infection, and is still used today by many people world-wide for this same purpose.
Another helpful benefit of Goldenseal is its ability to clear mucus from the throat, which further supports your body in its attempts to rid itself of trapped infecting organisms.
Short periods of use may be effective in fighting simple colds or flu, but overuse is not advisable– it can be irritating to mucous membranes and strong doses can destroy populations of beneficial bacteria. Serious infection should be treated by a doctor.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.