Bloodroot is also called Indian paint, tetterwort, sweet slumber, coot root, snakebite, pauson, Indian plant, or sanguinaria.


Bloodroot is native to the east of North America from Canada southward, Nova Scotia to Florida, United States, and down the Mississippi embayment and west to Great Lakes. It is found growing in moist to dry woods and thickets, often on floodplains and near shores or streams on slopes.


Bloodroot is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 20-50 cm in height. The leaves are basal, kidney-shaped with 6-20 cm wide.

Part used

The rhizome has been used for medical treatments.

Traditional Uses and Benefits

According to herbal practitioners, bloodroot possesses various medicinal properties such as; anesthetic, emetic, cathartic, emmenagogue, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, febrifuge, tonic, and stimulant.

This plant is traditionally used to treat health problems such as respiratory issues, various skin disorders, stomach problems, and eliminate warts and tumors. Its tincture is used to cure the liver ailments such as jaundice. The paste is used to treat fever and joint pains.

Bloodroot contains berberine, which helps to reduce the cancerous cells and tumors in the brain. Recent studies prove that This chemical is effective in treating skin cancer and breast cancer.

This plant also effective in treating respiratory ailments such as influenza, common cold, sinus, and lung infections. It helps to eliminate mucus, phlegm where the bacteria and pathogens are collected.

Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, bloodroot can be used to treat psoriasis, eczema, tumors, acne, warts, and skin lesions. It also helps to provide smooth and young skin without blemishes.

Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of bloodroot, it helps to reduce the pain of headaches and migraines. It is also an effective aid to cure chronic ailments.

The chemical components found in the bloodroot help lower the strain on the heart—this helps prevent coronary heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis effects.

Dosage and Precautions

As a decoction, boil one teaspoon of bloodroot roots in 250 mL water. After 10 -15 minutes, it will be ready.  Drink three times a day.

As a tincture, take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.

Warning: Do not let bloodroot contact your skin or get into your eyes; it may irritate. A large dose can cause dizziness, blurring of vision, vomiting, and nausea, burning feeling in the stomach, and slowing of heartbeat.

Avoid during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and it should not be given to children without professional medical supervision.



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