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bloodroot

Herbal medicine
(1) Erect cinquefoil, see there; Potentilla erecta.
(2) Sanguinaria canadensis, Indian paint, red puccoon, red root, tetterwort. A perennial plant, the roots and rhizones of which contain alkaloids (e.g., berberine, chloryethrine, copticine, proptopine and sanguinarine); it is a strong expectorant and emetic, and was once used internally for asthma, bronchitis, cancers, colds, lung congestion and sore throats.
 
Toxicity
It should not be used in pregnancy. The FDA lists it as unsafe.

Homeopathy
See Sanguinaria.
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blood·root

(blŭd rūt)
Sanguinaria canadensis; purported uses include as an expectorant and carminative. Although used in therapy for skin cancers, severe adverse effects have been reported (e.g., sudden complete destruction of healthy tissue). Although use in periodontal care has also been reported, bloodroot is toxic if swallowed. The FDA has listed it as unsafe in ingested substances.
Synonym(s): Indian paint, red puccoon, redroot, tetterwort.
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