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Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) is most commonly known for its use with urinary and kidney infections and stones. To explore the characteristics, medicinal uses and prescribing considerations of this herb in more detail, check out the references indicated., 
AKA S. serotina, S. canadensis, S. odora
- Common Names: Goldenrod
- Family: Compositae/Asteraceae
- Habitat: Solidago virgaurea is native to North America and can be found in meadows, woodlands, and sunny areas.
- Parts Used: Leaf, aerial portions (30-45% alcohol), collect when flowering in the fall
- Constituents: Volatile oils, saponins, flavonoids
- Medicinal Actions: astringent, diuretic, renal tonic, diaphoretic, carminative, decongestant, expectorant
- cystitis, urinary tract infection, kidney infection, acute or chronic nephritis causing difficult, scanty, dark urine; albuminuria, anuria, urinary obstruction (it increases kidney function therefore decreases albumin output - it does not dilute); anuria or oliguria in hemorrhagic nephritis
- has a cleansing action on the kidneys
- Other Conditions
- convalescence after cholera, amenorrhea
The information provided is intended to augment the treatment from a naturopathic doctor or other trained medical professional. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition, if you are on any prescription medications or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Formulations and Preparation
- Tincture - 30-60 drops three to four times daily, more frequently in acute cases
- Essential oil - 1-3 drops
- Cold leaf infusion - 1 Tbsp/cup three to four times daily
- Generally regarded as safe.
- Side-effects are generally not seen.
- Drug-Herb Interactions rare.
- Boon Heather, Smith Michael (2009) 55 Most Common Medicinal Herbs: The Complete Natural Medicine Guide Second Edition Institute of Naturopathic Education and Research, CCNM Toronto.
- Godfrey Anthony, Saunders Paul, Barlow Kerry, Gowan Matt (2011) Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine, Advanced Botanical Medicine. V3 CCNM Press, Toronto.
- Stargrove Mitchell Bebell, Treasure Jonathan, McKee Dwight L (2008) Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies.
- Brinker Francis (1997) Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts With Medicines, 4th Edition Eclectic Medical Publications.