Coptis chinensis

Goldthread - Coptis chinensis (in the Ranunculaceae or Buttercup family)

Parts used: Root.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling and drying.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:4 dry liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is indicated with lazy digestion, gastric pain and infectious conditions of the intestinal tract or infectious conditions with general inflammation. Berberine, found in goldthread (Coptis chinensis), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and Oregon grape root (Mahonia spp.), is a choleretic shown to triple bile secretion for 1.5 hours and is effective against bacteria, yeast and protozoa. Clinically, berberine has been used to treat Giardia, cholera, amebiasis, as well as visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis.

Use: (a) Alterative, (b) Anti-inflammatory, (c) Laxative in small doses, (d) Stomachic, (e) Antiparasitic, (f) Antifungal, (g) Antibacterial, (h) Antioxidant.

Goldthread is used for infections, ulcerations and inflammations.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to uterine stimulation, unless used under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.