Chinese Coptis aka Goldthread

Chinese Coptis aka Coptis Chinensis aka Golden Thread aka Goldthread…

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, coptis,  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.SIBO, Leaky Gut Herbs

Chinese Coptis 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.pylori, strep pneumonia, tuberculosis, shigella, pseudomonas, salmonella, and many gram positive bacteria and micobacterium), antiparasitic (including leptospirosis, trichomonas, amoeba, giardia), anti-biofilm and antiviral (including influenza and Newcastle virus) herb.

In a situation where you have an “over facilitated sympathetic nervous system” berberine in Chinese Coptis has been shown to be helpful. It can also increase bile production and is used in the Orient in cases of chronic gall bladder problems, cold sores, and to help slow the development of atherosclerosis.

In China, coptis has been used to treat infantile dysentery, Trichomoniasis, diphtheria, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, tonsillitis, eczema, type II diabetes and ventricular extra systole.

I have used chinesse coptis for multiple years and find it to be one of my strongest herbs.

In one study taking coptis worked as well as Clotrimazole against vulvovaginal candidiasis (aka candida), AND…the recurrence rate was 66% less when taking coptis, making it likely to be a better choice than prescription medication. New research shows it also reduces the pain in those suffering from IBS by decreasing CCK and serotonin release in the distal colon.


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). Chinese Coptis is a potent herb and should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It also may interfere with the absorption of tetracycline.

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