Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a flowering plant native to the eastern part of the United States and Canada. When cut, the root and budding rootstalk (called the rhizome) secrete a red fluid that gives the plant its name. During the fall months, the root and rhizome are routinely harvested by herbalists for use in medicines.*
Bloodroot has long been used by Native Americans to induce vomiting, the practice of which is believed to cleanse the body of harmful toxins. Practitioners of alternative medicine contend that it can also treat a wide array of medical conditions, from acne all the way up to cancer. Bloodroot is often used in alternative medicine as a topical or oral antibacterial agent. When used internally, bloodroot is believed to relax smooth muscles, particularly in the heart and lungs. Doing so may improve cardiovascular and respiratory health.*
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