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Bloodroot medicinal herb: By Simon Garbutt. SiGarb 20:35, 4 December 2006 (UTC) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) medicinal herb is a plant that is native to eastern North America which runs from Nova Scotia, Canada, southward to Florida in the United States of America. It is from the family Papaveraceae and it is a herbaceous perennial flowering herb.  It blooms the most beautiful white flowers in spring and the shape of the leaves is unusual and unique making it fit for any garden that needs uplifting and beautification.  It is known as Tetterwort in America .

The common names are Red puccoon, Indian plant, Pauson, Red paint root, Red root, Indian paint, Tetterwort, Snakebite, Sanguinaria canadensis, Blood root and Turmeric.  This plant possesses a red root and also red sap which was utilized by American Indians as a body paint as well as a dye to dye clothes. They also used it as herbal medicine for various diseases.

The main part used as herbal medicine is the root or rhizome and the medicinal properties are expectorant, emmenagogue, tonic, diuretic, stimulant, febrifuge, emetic, sedative, antifungal, as well as rubefacient.  The constituents are tannins, protopine, chelerythrine and isoquinoline alkaloids.

Although it is considered mainly as an ornamental plant, it is also a medicinal plant that has herbal and natural remedy.  However due care must be taken if used as herbal medicine because of the toxin which it possesses. It can be dangerous to the users if precaution is sidelined.  It can be bought in a number of stores in the United States in tincture form which should possess the correct dosage.

Health benefits of bloodroot

bloodroot medicinal herb

It is a natural alternative for hemorrhoids treatment, sore throat, coughs, colds and other respiratory conditions. It may be used as an emetic to treat piles. It is also used to treat, fevers, catarrh, jaundice, dyspepsia, and also most skin diseases including skin cancer and warts. It can also be combined with goldenseal to aid in most of these diseases.

An extract of this herb is an ingredient in some toothpaste and mouthwash in regards to fighting plaque, pyorrhea as well as gingivitis.

The tincture of the herb is used to shrink tumors as it is considered to be a herbal remedy for cancer treatment.


Never forget that this is a toxic plant.  It is poisonous when it is not used properly. So, make sure to get as much information as possible about this herb as well as seek the help of a herbalist or a physician before using it.

It is toxic to animals as well. Therefore, avoid giving blood root to your animals.  However, it is a known fact that some animals, especially goats, can detect toxic plants and refused from eating them, including bloodroot.

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