Golden Thread Supreme is the powdered rhizome of the plant Coptis chinensis. This herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over two thousand years. It contains a number of alkaloids that have been subject to recent research. The most well known of these alkaloids is berberine, the component that gives goldenseal and oregon grape root their yellow/gold color, bitter taste and some of their therapeutic effect. Coptis chinensis contains 5-7% berberine as well as other important therapeutic compounds such as coptisine. Much of the following information has been gleaned from textbooks translated from the Chinese. Golden Thread has been used extensively in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders that are of a pathogenic origin. It has proven to be an effective antifungal, antibacterial (including staph aureus, h.pylorii , strep pneumonia, shigella, pseudomonas, salmonella, and many gram positive bacteria and micobacterium), antiparasitic (including leptospirosis, trichomonas, amoeba, giardia) and antiviral (including influenza and
In a fairly recent study, a decoction of Coptis (Golden Thread) was used as an enema in the treatment of ulcerative colitis on several patients with excellent results.
I have used Coptis (Golden Thread) for 15 years and have found it to be another great antimicrobial as effective as Melia and Morinda. I used to use it in tincture form but stopped years ago as I find the capsules do not stress the liver like the alcohol in the tincture might and it appears to reach further down in the gastrointestinal tract as a capsule and in general to be more effective. Since I use applied kinesiology as one of the criteria to help prescribe, I find sometimes one or sometimes more of these aforementioned antimicrobials are needed for the patient. There are times when Coptis will test positive when Morinda and Melia do not. Between the three of them, they should cover a wide range of conditions.
Most of the research being done currently on Coptis (Golden Thread) is being conducted on laboratory mice or other animals. Nevertheless, the results show the potential usefulness of Coptis in a number of areas. Besides confirming the traditional uses of Coptis, the research indicates that it is hepatoprotective - probably due to antioxidant properties, can lower blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels (berberine study). In one study the effects of several Coptis alkaloids were examined on the inhibition of cholinesterases and beta amyloids. The results of this study indicated that "...coptidis rhizoma alkaloids have a strong potential of inhibition and prevention of Alzheimer's disease...". It also acts as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor and thus can potentially be used as an anti-depressant.
As you can see, like most of our products it has many, many possible uses. We test it on each patient.
The recommended dosage is 1 cap 3x/day. Even though I have not read of contraindications in young children, I only prescribe it when they are old enough to swallow the capsule (it is very bitter if taken out and hard to swallow). Golden Thread is a potent herb and should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It also may interfere with the absorption of tetracycline.