Also indexed as:Sanguinaria canadensis, Bloodroot
Bloodroot: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Sanguinaria canadensis

Parts Used & Where Grown

Bloodroot grows primarily in North America and in India. The rhizomes and root of the plant contain an orange-red latex.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Bloodroot has a long history of use for relieving coughs
800 IU daily1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from bloodroot have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Poison Oak/Ivy
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chickweed has been used historically to treat skin inflammations such as poison oak and poison ivy.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Native Americans employed bloodroot extensively in ritual and medicine. The dye was used as a body paint.1Sore throats, cough, rheumatic pains, and various types of cancer were all treated with bloodroot.

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