Bloodroot (Sanguinaria)

General Information:


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria) is a small herbal plant of the Poppy family. The plant hot its name due to the blood-like juice that appears when the root or base of the stem is damaged (“sangvis – blood”). The native land of the plant is the southern regions of Canada and the east of the United States, where it can be found in the natural environment. It grows in moist shady forests.


The chemical composition of the plant has not been studied properly, but it is known that Canadian Sanguinaria contains benzilizoquinoline alkaloids: chelidic acid, chelerythrine, toxin sanguinarine, tannins. Other substances that are part of the chemical composition of the plant are of no medical interest.


For homeopathic purposes, the plant is used as an antispasmodic. It has astringent, anti-bronchial, antibacterial and antimycotactic effects on the inflamed human body.
Sanguinaria Canadian is often found in medicinal drugs that are intended to treat inflammation in the joints, and is also part of the remedies that relieve:

  • bronchial asthma;
  • headaches;
  • allergic reactions.

Homeopathic preparations of Bloodroot can relieve:

  • vasomotor migraine,
  • menopausal migraine,
  • menstrual migraine,
  • vegetative instability,
  • congestive cephalalgia,
  • neuralgic disorders,
  • hypertrophy of the shell,
  • laryngitis,
  • bronchial catarrh,
  • chronic nasopharyngeal catarrh,
  • vasomotor rhinitis,
  • sweating,
  • cutaneous inflammation,
  • spastic urination,
  • menopause complaints.


The agent has an effect on mucous membranes, primarily on mucous respiratory organs. Vasomotor disorder is expressed in a noticeable reddening of the skin, excessive sweating, blood moves to the head and chest, burning sensation in the extremities.

Therefore, this remedy is prescribed to alleviate the condition with menopausal hot flushes. It is used with a clear influenza cough, with pulmonary tuberculosis.

Other indications for use include:

  • Spontaneous disappearance of the respiratory catarrh with revealed fluid stool;
  • The burning sensation spreads throughout the body;
  • Headaches, reddening of the cheeks.
  • Pain with a change of location.


The plant is toxic – if ingested, it can lead to death! Do not use Bloodroot (Canadian Sanguinaria) without consulting a specialist. The drug is contraindicated to pregnant and lactating women, children, people allergic to the components.

Natural Medicine:

Folk medicine of the tribes of North America uses Bloodroot for the treatment of colds and as an emetic.

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