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 Newcastle virus) herb. It is also reported to have antiradiation effects. In a situation where you have an “over facilitated sympathetic nervous system” berberine in 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.