Working with Bloodroot
The bright red rhizome is used to make tinctures and preparations such as salves and ointments for external use.
The fresh herb is strongly acrid and can burn the skin or mucous membranes if applied directly. After drying, it loses some of this effect.
Bloodroot is commonly used in antiseptic mouthwashes and is sometimes recommended by dentists and oral hygienists to help fight plaque and reduce the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease. Scientific studies have supported this use.
The herb is also a popular cancer-fighting remedy for external application. Under the supervision of a qualified herbalist, the tincture and strong bloodroot salve are used for breast cancer, skin cancers, and to remove warts and other growths.
Conditions treated with Bloodroot
The information given here is designed to help you make informed choices about your health. The information is drawn from numerous sources—both traditional medicine practice, from the clinical experience of many herbalists currently practicing, and supported by decades of scientific research from the author. The research most consulted includes human clinical trials that help to determine the most effective and safe herbs for various needs, the best doses, and types of preparations.
The information offered in this database is not intended as a substitute for any that may have been prescribed by your health practitioner or physician.