Canadian hydrostisis or yellow root

Canadian hydrostis is a herbaceous perennial with an erect cylindrical stem. In height, the plant can reach from 15 to 30 cm. It has a fleshy short rhizome of a brownish-yellow color. The length of the horizontal roots does not exceed 6 cm. The stem-like finger-cut leaves have a jagged edge and are heart-shaped at the base. The blades of the leaves are quite wide. Single flowers of a greenish shade are located on a short pedicle. They develop at the very top of the stem.

A simple calyx perianth consists of several leaflets. The number of stamens is approximately 35-40 pcs. The fruit is represented by a red berry with shiny black seeds, which is vaguely similar to raspberries. Each meaty berry has one or two seeds 3 mm long. Seeds are shiny and ovoid, have a strong skin with a pronounced scar.

Flowering plant is carried out in May, you can collect the fruit in July. Most often, hydrasti can be found in eastern Canada and in the United States in shady forests with high humidity. Breeding of this culture is also possible in Russia and Ukraine in the respective territories.

Useful properties of Canadian hydrastos

The unique raw material from Canadian hydrastis includes biologically active alkaloids. These include berberine, which gives a light yellow color, and hydrastin. Canadian hydrostis also contains inositol, tannin, essential oils and bitterness. For medicinal purposes, only the roots and rhizomes of this delightful plant are used, which, in addition to hydrastin and berberine, also contain canadin. A powerful toxic effect is based on a special combination of alkaloids with other active substances.

This plant can cause paralysis of the centers of the medulla oblongata, as well as irritate the vagus nerve, which in turn provokes bradycardia. Canadian hydraesthesis contributes to lowering blood pressure, because in the human body under its influence is the expansion of blood vessels.

Canadian Hydrastis Application

The presented Canadian hydrability significantly enhances the tone of the uterus, stimulating generic activity. In addition, it has been proven that the use of various plant-based drugs normalizes peristalsis. As a homeopathic remedy, a course of treatment is indicated for the formation of a purulent, viscous exudate of yellow color on the mucous membranes.

In modern medicine, drugs have been widely used in gynecological practice. They are prescribed for heavy menstrual bleeding. By enhancing the tone of the uterus, the blood vessels of the organ are narrowed. It is no coincidence that Canadian hydrasti is called a natural antibiotic. Berberine and hydrastin are able to destroy a variety of bacteria and various types of pathogenic yeast.

It should be mentioned that the plant also increases the antiviral activity of lymphocytes, which allows you to prescribe drugs for serious respiratory diseases. They are excellent stimulate the work of the entire immune system of the body. Starting a course of treatment at the first signs of the disease, you can get rid of the disease in less than two days. At the same time, secondary infection is excluded. Irreplaceable plant is for the urinary tract. It easily removes infections from the bladder.

In infectious diarrhea, which is caused by pathogenic microorganisms, it is recommended to take berberine-based pharmacological preparations. The lotions from the solution of the infusion of rhizomes will help to remove warts of various sizes in a natural way, because the human papilloma virus dies under the influence of hydrastin. In the form of a warm plant tincture is shown for rinsing eyes. It is used for trachoma, conjunctivitis and other eye diseases.

Berberine destroys staphylococci and streptococci in several procedures. It is no coincidence that many eye drops are produced on the basis of this remarkable plant. With protracted bronchitis, hydrastin-based products will moisten cough and remove sputum from the lungs. In otitis media, infusions can also be used, they quickly remove yellow mucus and do not irritate the sensitive skin of the ear.

We can mention the effectiveness of these tools for keratitis with ulceration of the cornea, for sinus with dull pressing pain, with running rhinitis with purulent discharge from the nose, with stomatitis and ulcerative conditions, as well as with cholelithiasis. During the fibroadenomatosis of the mammary glands with sticky yellowish discharge from the nipple and with cracks, many doctors prescribe the use of safe means based on Canadian hydrastic.

Such excellent products based on this antibiotic can easily get rid of skin diseases associated with rashes. Also, the indications for the use of this plant are varicose bleeding ulcers of the leg, which are accompanied by burning pain.

Contraindications Canadian hydrastos

Unusual Canadian hydrasti plant with prolonged use can provoke various digestive disorders, including prolonged constipation. Because of the berberine contained in the roots, which has a stimulating effect on the female uterus, such drugs are contraindicated for pregnant women.

Education: A diploma in medicine and treatment was obtained at the NI Pirogov University (2005 and 2006). Advanced training at the Department of Phytotherapy at the Moscow University of Peoples' Friendship (2008).

Chemical composition

The chemical composition of the plant: isoquinoline alkaloids (hydrastin, berberine, canadine), macro- and microelements (potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, cobalt, copper, aluminum, iron, silicon), vitamins C, A, B, E, inositol (vitamin B8), bitterness, starch, essential oils, other useful components.

Nutritional balance of yellow yogurt: carbohydrates - 80%, proteins - 11%, fats - 2%, including dietary fiber - 12%.

Beneficial features

As a medicinal raw material used rhizomes of plants, which are dug in the fall, the third year after planting. Canadian hydrastics in folk medicine and homeopathy is used due to the following healing properties: antimicrobial, astringent, choleretic and slightly laxative, increases blood pressure, immunostimulant (significantly increases the level of immunoglobulins in the blood), a strong tonic, anti-carotid, and also reducing swelling of the skin, and the skin of the skin, the skin, the skin, and the skin of the skin. insects.

Hydrastis is considered one of the best natural antibiotics. The rhizome of this medicinal plant is included in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia.

Indications for use

  • diseases of the stomach, gallbladder, inflammation of the colon, mucous colitis, gastroenteritis,
  • flu and other viral diseases
  • reduced immunity (as an immunostimulant),
  • chronic catarrh, bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis,
  • menstrual disorders (for regulation), menopause, vaginal discharge,
  • generic activity (as a stimulant),
  • inflammations of various origins,
  • internal bleeding
  • abnormal liver function.


Drugs from Canadian hydrastos are contraindicated during pregnancy (they cause an increased contraction of the uterus walls), during breastfeeding, with hypertension and in the case of individual intolerance to the substances contained in it.

Since the plant contains alkaloids that exert a strong physiological effect, it should be used, being careful, under the supervision of a physician.

Long-term use of funds with yellow root can cause indigestion and constipation.

Homemade remedies from hydrastis

  • alcohol tincture: 10 g of roots pour 100 ml of vodka, leave for 2 weeks in a sealed container, filter. Take at a cold and colitis 10 drops 3 times a day, with heavy menstrual periods and constipation and 20 drops per 100 ml of water 2 times a day (morning and evening), tincture diluted in 100 ml of distilled water, for skin diseases used for lubrication affected areas, for infections of the genital organs - for douching, for the treatment of conjunctivitis 10 drops of tincture diluted in 100 ml of distilled water and instilled with the resulting eye solution,
  • decoction (for the treatment of warts): brew 10 g of the roots with 1 cup of boiling water, cook on low heat for 10 minutes, cool. The resulting tool to lubricate warts daily.

Information about the drug is generalized, is provided for informational purposes and does not replace the official instructions. Self-treatment is dangerous for health!

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Growing up

Yellow root prefers fertile, humus-rich, well-hydrated, medium-mechanical soil. Both sand and heavy swimming clay are undesirable for its cultivation. The plant does not tolerate direct sunlight, when growing needs shading. But on the other hand, this is a valuable quality in the eyes of gardeners - there are not enough warm sunny places at all. Of course, you should not plant it completely in the dark, but the open shadow under the trees is what you need.

When growing a plant needs protection from direct sunlight, grows well under the canopy of ash, apple, linden or artificial shading of shields. But, since most of us have fruit and ornamental woody plants at the site, shields are simply not needed.

Tillage for planting is carried out at a depth of 20-22 cm. For infertile soils it is necessary to introduce rotted manure or leaf humus (2-4 buckets per 1 square meter) for autumn digging.


You can propagate the yellow root by seeds and vegetatively - by dividing the rhizomes. Seeds are sown immediately after harvest on previously prepared fertile and weed-free beds. In this case, shoots appear in the spring of next year. When delayed with sowing seedlings appear only after a year, and sometimes two. Seedlings remain on the garden for a year, and then land in the field to a permanent place.

When breeding rhizomes use 3-4-year-old plants. The rhizomes are divided in late August-early September into parts with 2-3 viable buds. Each such part in 2-4 years gives a new bush, suitable for further dividing or digging into raw materials. The distance between plants is 20-25 cm.

When planting, buds should be sprinkled with earth for 2-3 cm. After planting, watering is necessary, followed by loosening. Care is weeding and loosening. Among the pests danger may be slugs and may Khrushchi.

Digging of rhizomes with roots is possible on the 3rd year after planting.

Medicinal raw materials and its chemical composition

Raw materials are rhizomes with roots, dug out in the fall. Dug out rhizomes carefully shake off the ground, quickly washed in water (in no case do not soak in hot water - this is not laundry!) ​​And dried at a temperature of 35-40 degrees in a dryer or just in a well-ventilated attic.

They contain isoquinoline alkaloids (hydrastin, berberine, canadine), essential oil, gums. The US Pharmacopoeia requires that the alkaloid content of the hydrastin raw material is at least 2%, and the berberine concentration is at least 2.5%. The requirements in Europe are that the concentration of hydrastin is at least 2.5%, and the concentration of berberine is at least 3%. In general, the hydrastin content in plants ranges from 1.5% to 5%, and berberine concentrations can be from 0.5% to 4.5%. Berberine and hydrastin are poorly soluble in water, but freely soluble in alcohol, and therefore alcoholic tincture is more common in the recommendations for use.

Medicinal properties

Hydrastis has astringent, tonic (as shown by studies, hydrastin has the ability to stimulate the autonomic nervous system), choleretic (due to berberine), anti-carotid, mild laxative effect, increases blood pressure, causes a reduction in smooth muscle of the uterus (canadin), fungistatic and antimicrobial.

The plant is used in the form of alcohol tincture.

But the internal use of this plant requires caution and compliance with the dosage, it is desirable to use it under the watchful eye of a phytotherapist.

And if the information on the internal use of the plant is very contradictory and inconsistent, then its danger is described quite colorfully. So, what can lie in wait for ingestion: indigestion, nervousness, depression, constipation, fast heartbeat, diarrhea, cramps and stomach pain. High doses can cause breathing problems, paralysis, and even death. Long-term use can lead to vitamin B deficiency, hallucinations, and delirium; it can unpredictably affect blood pressure because it contains several compounds that have the opposite effect on blood pressure.

But externally can be used for a variety of skin diseases. For washing and compresses, dilute 5 ml of tincture in 100 ml of water and use for skin inflammations, eczema, psoriasis and measles rash.By the way, the healing properties in this case are attributed to berberine. And due to its content, the bark of Magonia is used in psoriasis.

Used as a mouthwash and throat for acute respiratory infections and stomatitis.

Douching 2-3 ml of tincture diluted with water and used for vaginal secretions and infections. With vaginal itching, 5 ml of tincture per 100 ml of water. In combination with the powder of the berries of the sacred Vitex used at high tides and excessive sweating during menopause.

Contraindications. Yellow root stimulates the muscles of the uterus and is contraindicated during pregnancy and during breastfeeding. Increases blood pressure and is contraindicated in hypertension.

Essence from a fresh plant is used in homeopathy. But homeopathic remedies can even be used for a variety of diseases. The horrors and dangers described above do not apply to them. In complex herbal remedies, the extract is added to the treatment of PMS in case of heavy menstrual bleeding.

Yellow root

Yellow root
Scientific classification
The kingdom:Green plants
Over Order:Ranunculanae Takht. ex Reveal, 1993
Subfamily:Hydrastises (Hydrastidoideae Raf., 1815)
Tribe:Hydrastises (Hydrastideae Torr. & A.Gray, 1843)
Rod:Yellow root
International Scientific Name Single species

Yellowstone, or hygrostis (Latin Hydrastis) - genus of dicotyledonous flowering plants included in the monotypic subfamily Hydrastises of the Buttercup family ( Ranunculaceae ). Includes one view - Yellowroot Canadian.

Botanical description

The scientific name of the genus Hydrastiswas first used by John Ellis in the 10th edition of the book by Carl Linnaeus Systema Naturae 1759 It is derived from the name of another kind of plant, Hydrophyllum, in which Linney originally (in 1753) placed this plant.

Botanical description