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    I came across this lovely flower on my walk in the woods this morning. When I looked it up, I realized it’s a well known homeopathic medicine.Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis Linn.) is a flowering herbaceous perennial, native to eastern North America. Its range extends in a patchy distribution from Florida to Nova Scotia and west to the Rocky Mountains. It is one of the earliest plants to flower in spring covering woodland areas with white flowers. Bloodroot is a member of the Papaveraceae family (as is the poppy flower from which Opium is derived). When cut, S. canadensis rhizomes exude a thick red latex, hence the name.Sanguinaria canadensis is a traditional medicine used by Native Americans to treat a diverse range of clinical conditions. Native American people, especially of the Algonquian, Iroquois and Siouan language groups, developed a range of uses for S. canadensis, which they called poughkone or puccoon. Several tribes used bloodroot to treat colds and congestion, as either a tea or an inhaled powder. The Ojibwe of Wisconsin used bloodroot as a lozenge for sore throats by adding it to a cube of maple sugar. It was also used to treat diphtheria and cases of haemorrhagic tuberculosis, where a small piece of bloodroot was added to concoctions (as larger doses would cause poisoning). S. canadensis also had gastrointestinal effects, with some tribes using small doses to stop vomiting while other tribes used larger doses as an emetic to induce vomiting. It was made into a tea with blue cohosh to treat abdominal cramps and was used to treat gastrointestinal haemorrhages. Native American women used bloodroot when having menstrual difficulties and also used it as an abortificant. The elderly used it as a tea to help their rheumatism while the Rappahannocks used it to purge fever.Most reports regarding the alkaloids found in the latex of Sanguinaria discuss their anticancer effects, although antimicrobial, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory activities of these alkaloids have also been identified. The modern herbal use of S. canadensis on humans has been controversial. Mouth washes containing bloodroot alkaloids were in clinical use as an anti microbial agent but were subsequently found to induce leukoplakia (increases risk of cancer) and withdrawn from sale. As a self-administered skin cancer cure, topical bloodroot therapies known as black salve have been associated with toxicity and therapeutic failures.The following are some homeopathic indications from Phatak’s Materia Medica:Generalities A RIGHT SIDED remedy, affecting the head, LIVER; chest and deltoid. It produces VASO-MOTOR DISTURBANCES, as is seen in circumscribed redness of the cheeks, abdomen, tongue etc.; congestion of blood to head, chest, abdomen etc.; flushes of heat and general pulsations. BURNING HEAT AND EBULLITIONS. Mucous membranes become dry. Burning; in throat, under sternum; spots or stitches in chest; palms and soles. Burnt feeling; in tongue. Symptoms ascend or end in bilious vomiting. Internal rawness. Menopausal disorders. Bilious. Pains increase and decrease with the sun. Sudden stopping of catarrh of respiratory tract followed by diarrhoea. Pains in places where bones are least covered.Mind Irritable, morose, borrows trouble. Lassitude, indisposed to move or make any mental effort.Head Pain over right eye; or ASCENDING FROM OCCIPUT TO OVER RIGHT EYE, increases and decreases with the sun. Headache if he goes without food.Throat Sore, swollen, (right); pains to ear and chest. Burning worse eating sweet things. Dryness of singers.Stomach Craves spices. Stomach pains to right shoulder.Respiratory Larynx, full and dry; in singers. Cough; raises foul air; dry; from tickling behind the sternum; must sit up in bed; passes flatus with; better from passing flatus up and down. Expectoration; tough, rusty coloured, purulent; which worse. Burning in chest; as of a hot steam extending to abdomen, with cough. Cough, after influenza or whooping cough; returns after every fresh cold. Pain in right chest (from breast) to shoulder. Pneumonia. Phthisis. Asthma; from disturbed digestion, with acrid eructations.Heart Weak feeling; irregular action.Related Bell; PhosphorusComplementary Ant-t; PhosphorusIf you’ve read this far, 👍. Keep your eyes open next time you’re walking in the woods, you never know what new friend might cross your path! ... See MoreSee Less
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