Aaron's Rod, Baguette d'Aaron, Canadian Goldenrod, Early Goldenrod, European Goldenrod, Gerbe d'Or, Herbe des Juifs, Solidage, Solidage du Canada, Solidago canadensis, Solidago gigantea, Solidago longifolia, Solidago serotina, Solidago virgaurea, Vara de Oro, Verge d'Or, Woundwort.


Overview Information

Goldenrod is an herb. People use the parts that grow above the ground for medicine.

Goldenrod is used for infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs), bladder stones, kidney stones, joint pain, hemorrhoids, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.

The names "early goldenrod," "European goldenrod," and "Canadian goldenrod" are used interchangeably. Don't confuse this herb with mullein, which is sometimes called "goldenrod."

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Some experts warn that goldenrod may interfere with the body's response against COVID-19. There is no strong data to support this warning. But there is also no good data to support using goldenrod for COVID-19.

How does it work?

Goldenrod contains chemicals that may increase urine flow and reduce swelling. It might also kill bacteria and fungi.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Arthritis.
  • Asthma.
  • Bladder stones.
  • Diabetes.
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis).
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH).
  • Gout.
  • Hay fever.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs).
  • Internal bleeding.
  • Joint pain.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Inflammation of the mouth and throat, when applied directly.
  • Wound healing, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of goldenrod for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if goldenrod is safe. It might cause heartburn.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if goldenrod is safe. It might cause allergic skin reactions.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if goldenrod is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Latex allergy: People who are allergic to latex might also be allergic to goldenrod. Avoid use if you have an allergy to latex.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Goldenrod may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, chamomile, mugwort, sunflower, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking goldenrod.

Fluid retention (edema) due to heart or kidney conditions: "Irrigation therapy," during which goldenrod is taken with large amounts of fluids to increase urine flow, should not be attempted in people with fluid retention due to heart or kidney disease.

High blood pressure: There is a concern that goldenrod might make the body accumulate more sodium. This can make high blood pressure worse.



Minor Interaction

Be watchful with this combination

  • Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with GOLDENROD

    Goldenrod seems to work like "water pills" by causing the body to lose water. Taking goldenrod along with other "water pills" might cause the body to lose too much water. Losing too much water can cause you to be dizzy and your blood pressure to go too low.
    Some "water pills" include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.



The appropriate dose of goldenrod depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for goldenrod. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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