Although the scientific evidence is lacking, there are many purported uses for goldenseal. These include as cures for symptoms of the common cold and digestive disorders, such as pain, swelling, peptic ulcers, colitis, diarrhea and constipation, as noted by WebMD. Goldenseal is also reported to be useful for skin conditions, applied topically to treat rashes, infections, eczema, acne, ringworm and cold sores.
Some women use goldenseal during their menstrual period to soothe pain and swelling. The herb may also be useful for treating urinary tract infections, jaundice, malaria and liver disorders. Another purported use for goldenseal is in the treatment of conjunctivitis and ear problems, such as ringing, aches or deafness, notes WebMD.