Background of Bloodroot Tincture
Bloodroot was used by the Native American Indians as medicine to speed up the digestive system and to cause vomiting. It was also known to be used as an antimicrobial (preventing the growth of microorganisms). The sanguinarine (a toxic polycyclic ammonium ion) component of the plant is used to clean teeth. Sanguinarine can reduce plaque and treat gingivitis (swollen gums). There is some concern that long-term use of sanguinarine may cause pre-cancerous white patches in the mouth as well as unusual mouth sores. Traditionally bloodroot tincture is used as a pain reliever, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic. It helps treat asthma, athlete’s foot, bacterial skin infections, bronchitis, burn wounds, cancer, cough, croup, eczema, oedema, bad breath, heart disease and low blood pressure. Used as a liver tonic, diuretic, insect repellent and sedative.
- Persons with a known allergy to bloodroot should avoid treating with it.
- Bloodroot tincture can be toxic in low doses.
- Bloodroot tincture should carefully be taken orally with any antibacterial agents.
- Nervous system depressants must not be taken with bloodroot tincture as it may cause faintness and weakened decision making. May slow down response time.
- To be taken orally with caution when using any tobacco products. The chance of abnormal mouth sores forming may increase.
- Avoid taking bloodroot tincture orally when you already have mouth sores as they may worsen.
- Bloodroot used to be a menstrual stimulant. Should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- Use carefully with menthol extracts as both have antibacterial and antifungal effects.
- Not to be used with any sedative as bloodroot may increase these effects.
- It may interact with hormonal agents.
- Large amounts taken may cause vomiting, nausea, low blood pressure, shock, coma and even death.
- Should not be taken with any blood pressure medications.
- Tissue damage may occur when applied to the skin. Be careful when used on skin with other topical agents.
[evidence_grading b_grading=”Plaque/ Gingivitis” c_graded=”Periodontal Disease”]