Golden rod is also known as woundwort and Aaron’s rod and is a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and astringent (affecting tissues) remedy. It treats kidney and urinary infections and stones. It has been known to treat respiratory catarrh (a disease of the mucous membranes) and arthritis.
Sources in the Diet
-  – http://www.nytimes.com/1865/03/03/news/chronic-catarrh-its-symptoms-causes-effects-few-practical-remarks-dr-lighthill.html
-  – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astringent
-  – The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs