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Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)
Goldenrod is plant that is very common during late summer and also early autumn. It belongs to the Asteraceae family of plants and is native in Europe. However, it has spread to the Azores, Asia, North and South America. This herb is a perennial weed that is very common on the roadsides and open fields. It is characterized by spikes, yellow-rayed tiny flowers, spires that are showy clusters and feathery spires. There are approximated sixty to seventy species of this plant. It can grow to a height of one to four inch. Over the years, this herb has been used in treating several medical conditions. Traditionally, goldenrod has been used as a cure for hemorrhoids, asthma, internal bleeding, diabetes, tuberculosis, liver enlargement, and arthritis. A lot of research has also been conducted on this herb to ascertain its effectiveness. Several medicinal properties have been found in this plant. It has also been used by herbalists for many years in Europe and America.

Medicinal Uses
Medicinal properties identified in this herb have been used to back its use as a herb for many years. Leaves of goldenrod have been used in treating a wide array of medical conditions such as kidney stones, infections on the urinary tract, bladder inflammation, flu and cold, digestive problems, fatigue, laryngitis, allergies and hay fever. It has also been used for many years as an astringent and antiseptic in healing skin condition. Among the conditions that have been treated using this herb include rheumatism, arthritis and eczema.

In Germany, this herb has been ascertained for its medicinal value. It is used in facilitating flushing of urinary tract, bladder and also treating kidney stones. Due to its effectiveness in treating these conditions, Goldenrod has become accepted as a treatment for a wide range of medical conditions in Germany and other parts of the world.

Dosage and Administration
Goldenrod is administered orally or externally. For oral administration, you make tea using the leaves of this herb. Make tea using the leaves of goldenrod. Although there is no conventional dosage for this herb, many herbalists recommends that one take two to three cups on daily basis. However, although herbs are natural with little or no side effects it is important to note that too high doses can have side effects. Therefore, read prescriptions on the label when you buy packaged goldenrod. For external use, crushed leaves should be rubbed on the affected part of the skin. Some people have reported allergic reaction after using this herb. Therefore, make sure that you have consulted your doctor before using the herb.

Parts Used
The major parts of goldenrod that are used are the leaves. They can be used when dry or even when green. When taken, these parts of goldenrod help in flushing water out of the body through increased urination. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. They are used in treating conditions like gout, arthritis and wounds among others.

There are several benefits associated with the use of goldenrod. It is a natural herb which implies that when used correctly it has little or no side effects. It is also readily available in some parts of the world making it a cheap medication. Thus, you do not have to spend a fortune for treatment using this herb. It has also been proven to be effective in relieving muscle spasms, lowering blood pressure and fighting infections. It is also very effective in treating inflammation on the urinary tract and treating or preventing kidney stones. Thus, using this herb is not only beneficial for treatment purposes but also for preventing possible ailments.

Side Effects
Although many people thought that this herb does not have side effects, it has been reported to cause fever in some users. It also causes allergic reactions in some people. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before using this herb. It has also been reported to react with some medications, supplements and other herbs. Due to these reasons, it is advisable to be cautious before taking this herb. Make sure that you have authorization of your doctor especially if you are on other medication. People with heart and kidney diseases should not take this herb. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid goldenrod.  



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