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Sanguinaria canadensis  (L)


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Botanical Name


Sanguinaria canadensis (L)

English Name


Bloodroot, Indian Paint. Tetterwort. Red Pucoon. Red Root. Paucon. Coon Root. Snakebite. Sweet Slumber





General Info


A perennial plant which can reach 25cm in height (10inches). Only about half that high at the time of blooming. Leaves can be as wide as 20 cm (8inches). There is usually only one leaf which has five to nine lobes. The flowers have numerous parts and are up to 5cm wide (2 inches). They are white with yellow center.

Herb Effects

Inhibit reverse transcriptase, adjuvant, alterative, analgesic, anthelmintic, anticonvulsive, antidiarrheal, antiemetic, antihemorrhagic, aphrodisiac, blood cleanser, carminative, diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hemostat and laxative.


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Active Ingredients

Allocryptopine, chelerythrine, malic acid, (plant); alpha-allocryptopine, berberine, beta-allocryptopine, chelirubine, coptisine, protopine, sanguinarine (root)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Allocryptopine 485-91-6 Not Available C21H23NO5 Click Here To Enlarge
Chelerythrine 34316-15-9 Not Available C21H18NO4+ Click Here To Enlarge
Malic acid Not Available 2-hydroxybutanedioic
C4H6O5 Click Here To Enlarge
alpha-Allocryptopine 485-91-6 Not Available C21H23NO5 Click Here To Enlarge
Berberine 633-65-8 Not Available C20H18NO4+ Click Here To Enlarge
beta-Allocryptopine 24240-04-8 Not Available C21H23NO5 Click Here To Enlarge
Chelirubine 28387-06-6 Not Available C21H16NO5+ Click Here To Enlarge
Coptisine 3486-66-6 Not Available C19H14NO4+ Click Here To Enlarge
Protopine 130-86-9 Not Available C20H19NO5 Click Here To Enlarge
Sanguinarine 5578-73-4 Not Available C20H14NO4+ Click Here To Enlarge


Medicinal Use

HIV/AIDS, asthma, bronchitis, atonic, dyspepsia, crouph, heart disease weakness and palpitation of the heart, pulmonary consumption, nervous irritation, torpid liver, scrofula, dysentery, ulcers, fungoid growths and cancerous affections.


Sanguinaria is poisonous in large doses and must never be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Godowski KC. Antimicrobial action of sanguinarine. J Clin Dent 1989 Spring;1(4):96-101. Grieve. M. A Modern Herbal. 1931 (



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