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Sanguinaria canadensis L.

Canadian Bloodroot

History

Sanguinaria canadiensis

The name Sanguinaria is derived from the Latin word sanguis, which means ’blood‘ and refers to the plant's orange-red juice. The species name canadensis refers to its Canadian origin. The North American tribes used the root as a medication against numerous complaints. They used the juice of the plant to paint their skin, as an insect repellent and to dye objects. American and French dye works also used the plant successfully. At the beginning of the 19th century the root made its way into European trade. It was prescribed in powder or tincture form in small dosages as a sweat-producing agent and as an expectorant in chronic bronchitis. The root of the Sanguinaria is officinal in North America.

Botanical Characteristics

The Canadian bloodroot is a perennial with a woody, creeping rootstock containing a reddish juice. Each year the rootstock produces a single palmate leaf with seven crenate, serrate lobes and a hairless stalk which can be up to 25cm in height and bears a single white flower. The upper surface of the leaf is yellow-green; the lower surface is lighter and has conspicuous orange to violet veins. The flower has 8 to 10 petals and numerous stamens. Two carpels grow together to form a many-seeded capsule that can be between 3cm and 5cm in length.The Canadian bloodroot flowers from March to April.

Habitat

The plant is native to sparse, damp forests of the Atlantic coastal regions of North America, from Canada through Florida to north Mexico.

 

 

Preparation

The mother tincture is prepared in accordance with the current Homöopathisches Arzneibuch (HAB) (New Official German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia) using the dried underground parts of Sanguinaria canadensis L. that are harvested in the autumn.  The homoeopathic dilutions are prepared by means of shaking by hand.

Official designation

Sanguinaria

Family

Papaveraceae

Synonym

Sanguinaria acaulis MICHX.

Common names

Red root

Tetterwort

Indian Paint

Red Puccoon

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