Medicinal Herbs and ADHD


Scientific Name: Solidago spp.


  • Triterpenoid Saponins
  • Flavonoids (rutin & quercitin)
  • Phenolic glycosides (leiocarposide & virgaureoside)
  • Phenolic acids (caffeic & chlorogenic acids)
  • Tannins
  • Volatile oil
  • Polysaccharides
  • Salicylates

Medicinal actions:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-lithic
  • Astringent
  • Anti-catarrhal
  • Diuretic
  • Hepatic
  • Immunomodulator

Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:

  • Saponins are antimicrobial, immuno-modulating and have anti-tumor effects.
  • Flavonoids are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and diuretic.
  • Volatile oils are antimicrobial & anti-fungal.
  • Cytotoxic effects seem to be related to the presence of triterpenoids, which inhibit the lyase activity of DNA polymerase.


  • Infusion
  • Tincture
  • Capsules
  • Topical as poultice or compress

Safety & Toxicity Concerns:

  • Avoid in known salicylate or Asteraceae allergy, renal and cardiac insufficiency (especially with edema), and in children due to theoretical potential for Reyes Syndrome.


  • None known.

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