What is bloodroot used for?

Bloodroot is a plant. People use the underground stem (rhizome) to make medicine.

Bloodroot is used to:

  • Cause vomiting
  • Empty the bowels
  • Reduce tooth pain
  • Treat croup, hoarseness (laryngitis), sore throat (pharyngitis), poor circulation in the surface blood vessels, nasal polyps, achy joints and muscles (rheumatism), warts, and fever
  • Remove dead tissue and promote healing (when applied directly to the skin around wounds)
  • Reduce the build-up of plaque on teeth.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that bloodroot contains chemicals that might help fight bacteria, inflammation, and plaque.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using bloodroot?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of bloodroot or other medications or other herbals.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is bloodroot?

Bloodroot is possibly safe for most people when taken by mouth, short-term. Long-term use by mouth in high amounts is possibly unsafe.

Also, bloodroot is possibly unsafe when used as a toothpaste and mouthwash. It may increase the risk of developing white patches on the inside of the mouth.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Bloodroot is likely unsafe when taken by mouth during pregnancy and possibly unsafe when taken by mouth while breast-feeding.

Stomach or intestinal problems such as infections, Crohn’s disease, or other inflammatory conditions: Bloodroot can irritate the digestive tract. Don’t use it if you have any of these conditions.

An eye disease called glaucoma: Bloodroot might affect glaucoma treatment. If you have glaucoma, don’t use bloodroot unless a healthcare professional recommends it and monitors your eye health.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from bloodroot?

Side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Grogginess
  • Skin rash (if you have contact with the fresh plant)
  • Eye irritation(if it contacts with your eyes)

At high doses bloodroot can cause low blood pressure, shock, coma, and an eye disease called glaucoma.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with bloodroot?

Bloodroot may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for bloodroot?

The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does bloodroot come in?

Bloodroot may be available in the following dosage forms:

  • Liquid extract
  • Dietary supplement (capsule)
  • Tincture
  • Powder
  • Salve

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: July 12, 2017 | Last Modified: July 12, 2017

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