Solidago virgaurea (European goldenrod or woundwort) is an herbaceousperennial plant of the family Asteraceae. It is widespread across most of Europe as well as North Africa and northern, central, and southwestern Asia (China, Russia, India, Turkey, Kazakhstan, etc.). It is grown as a garden flower with many different cultivars. It flowers profusely in late summer.
This plant was cultivated in the Arab world, who used it in their medical system. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries it was used in Europe to heal wounds. It has astringent, diuretic, antiseptic and other properties.
Modern herbalists also use it to treat catarrh and kidney stones. It is blended with other tonic herbs to cleanse or “flush” the kidneys and bladder, either as part of a healing fast, or to treat cystitis. In the case of a fast, it is made into a combined tincture as noted, taken with a supporting blend of herbal teas, and grape or watermelon juice is drunk through the day, alternating with Potassium broth.
1. Flushes Your System
Goldenrod has diuretic properties that help to release excess water from your body by increasing urine flow through the kidneys and bladder. This irrigates the kidneys and helps to remove renal deposits which otherwise might develop into kidney stones. It also supports the overall health of the kidneys and urinary tract by helping to remove harmful organisms which might cause harm.
2. Soothes and Protects
Goldenrod is a soothing and toning agent for the urinary tract. Lab and human studies have reported on its ability to reduce swelling. When discomfort and swelling are lessened, tissue is more tone and, in the case of the urinary tract, the path is more smooth. This allows for an easier release of mineral buildups which could otherwise lead to kidney or bladder stones.
3. Supports Urinary Tract Health
The diuretic effect of goldenrod, when combined with other approaches to managing UTIs, have shown to be effective for preventing recurrent UTIs than individual approaches alone. One study looked at goldenrod as a complementary approach to traditional antibiotic therapy. Those participants taking both the goldenrod and the antibiotic enjoyed the fewest recurrences of UTIs compared with participants in other groups.
No studies that have evaluated goldenrod as a therapy for the urinary tract have reported negative side effects. Herbal remedies like this can offer a better quality of life than other medical options since it achieves the desired goal without the unpleasantness of unwanted side effects.
None are recorded.
goldenrod, European goldenrod or woundwort