Also indexed as:Sanguinaria canadensis, Bloodroot
Bloodroot: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Sanguinaria canadensis

How It Works

Alkaloids—principally sanguinarine—constitute the primary active compounds in bloodroot. These are sometimes used in toothpaste and other oral hygiene products because they inhibit the growth of oral bacteria.9, 10 Not all trials have found sanguinaria-containing dental products helpful for gum disease, however.11

How to Use It

Sanguinarine-containing toothpastes and mouth rinses should be used according to manufacturer’s directions. Bloodroot tincture is sometimes included in cough-relieving formulas, and 10 drops or less may be taken three times per day.12 However, bloodroot is rarely used alone for this purpose.

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