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Published 02/26/2020


By Dr. Ashraf Girgis N.D.


When I walk our dog during summer days in beautiful Michigan state, I can’t help but notice these tall, yellow, beautiful gifts of nature called Golden Rod. Sometimes, I can’t help but testing a few of its leaves. I like the pungent and slightly bitter taste (Not at all good idea to eat anything you pick up on the side of road. It can have pesticides and herbicides beside other unsavory constituents). Usually, I pick the ones in places that have no harmful chemicals or dirt on it.



Goldenrod (Solidago canadenis, S. odora, S. vigaurea)

Is  known as Solidago, which means “to make whole”.  It is also known as Blue mountain tea, sweet goldenrod, and wound wort. It grows mostly in North America and belongs to the Asteraceae (Daisy) family. There are many species of goldenrod; the estimate varies between 60-130 species.

Traditionally Goldenrod been used as an antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory for its wound healing property. It is used as a mouth rinse to prevent inflammation in the mouth. In addition, it is used in tuberculosis, upper respiratory diseases, asthma, respiratory infections, gout,  type 2 diabetes enlargement of the liver, hemorrhoids, arthritis, and internal bleeding.


Goldenrod contains flavonoids such as catechol tannins, rutin, triterpene saponins, phenolic acids, lactones, polysaccharide, and a few other constituents.

Medicinal benefits

Goldenrod has shown very good results in demonstrating its anti-inflammatory effects in animal studies when compared to pharmaceutical Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory drug diclofenac (Leuschner 1995). In another study using Solidago virgaurea, the results showed similar effects confirming its anti-inflammatory effects as well (el Gazlay et al 1992). 

In Germany, in accordance with German commission E, goldenrod is used in patients with Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and as a diuretic. The constituent, Rutin, is especially good for the heart due to its flavonoids and antioxidant properties.   

Animal studies confirm diuretic effects of goldenrod (Chodera and group 1991). Other reviews and studies showed diuretic effect of goldenrod as well (Yarnell 2002). The use of goldenrod as a diuretic does not seem to come with the potassium or sodium loss that is seen with other diuretics. When tested in 47 patients and compared to a placebo group, pain due to arthritis was also significantly reduced (Weiner & Ernest 2004).

There are numerous other benefits of goldenrod seen in anti-cancer studies, including prostate and lung cancer (Gross et al 2002). There are also studies proving antibacterial benefits (Goslinska 2002) and antifungal benefits (Bader et al 1990).


Mortar & Pestle

Side effects and interactions

 There have been some allergic responses seen among those handling the flowers. Some who are sensitive to the asteraceae family may develop a runny nose, asthma, or a skin reaction (De Jong et al 1998). It is suggested to avoid giving it to children unless under herbalists or doctor supervision. There is very limited use in pregnant women, but have shown no harmful effects (Mills &Bone). Caution is needed when patients are on hypertension drugs or any diuretic drugs. Commission E cautions the use of goldenrod as irrigation therapy in patients with heart and kidney disease. 


Goldenrod can be used both internally or externally. It can be used as a tea, by pouring a cup of hot boiling water over 2 to 3 spoon of dried flowers and drinking it 3 times a day. It can also be used as a fluid extract (1:1), taken 2-4 times daily or following the instruction on the label.

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Ashraf Girgis,ND

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