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Bloodroot: Does it help against diarrhea?

by Josephine Andrews
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Bloodroot , which is rich in tannin , helps with diarrhea and mild inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat. In addition, the medicinal plant is said to have other effects in empirical medicine. Read everything important about the use of tormentil here!

What is the effect of tormentil?

Bloodroot (Potentilla erecta) is also known as tormentil. This name derives from the Latin word “tormina”, which can be translated as rumbling stomach and stomach upset. The medicinal plant is also known as upright cinquefoil.

According to the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC), tormentil supplements can be used to treat mild diarrhea due to their long history of use. Herbal tea and some liquid preparations are suitable for minor inflammation of the oral mucosa.

The rhizome of the tormentil, called tormentil rhizome, collected in spring or autumn is used medicinally. It contains 15 to 22 percent tanning agents (catechin tanning agents). This means that the plant is by far the strongest tanning agent in all of herbal medicine.

The roots also contain small amounts of ellagittannins, phenolic acid, the triterpene glucoside tormentoside and caffeic acid derivatives.

Tannins have an astringent effect. This means that they can form water-insoluble compounds with proteins in the mucous membranes and thus thicken the surfaces of mucous membranes, but also open skin areas.

Inflamed or injured areas can be surrounded with a protective layer, which makes it difficult for toxic substances and germs to penetrate the mucous membranes. In addition, the increased liquid leakage into the interior of the intestine during diarrhea is reduced by the protective layer, which means that the disease can heal more quickly.

It was also shown that tormentil as a gargle can help with mild inflammation in the mouth and throat – including aphthae.

Native Americans have also used tormentil for centuries to treat various ailments. This includes:

  • bleeding
  • frostbite
  • rashes
  • hemorrhoids
  • irregular menstruation
  • wound infections
  • athlete’s foot
  • itching
  • burns

However, there is no scientific evidence that the medicinal plant actually works in these areas of application, rather the findings are based on many years of experience.

How is bloodroot used?

For internal use for diarrhea, you can make a tea from the finely chopped or powdered rootstock of tormentil. To do this, mix two to three grams of it with about 150 milliliters of cold water .

Then heat to the boil, let it simmer for a moment and strain. You can drink one such cup of tormentil tea three to four times a day between meals. The average daily dose is six grams of medicinal drug.

A cold water extract of tormentil is also recommended, since the tannins it contains decompose easily when heated, reducing their effectiveness. Let the approach in cold water steep longer than with tea.

You can also use bloodroot tea as a mouthwash or gargle solution if you want to treat inflammation in the mouth and throat. The combination with chamomile blossoms makes sense for both treatments.

Bloodroot liquor works internally for diarrhea. You can apply it externally to athlete’s foot. It is also said to help as a gargle for inflammation in the mouth and throat.

Dry extracts in dragees or capsules as well as alcoholic extracts in drop form are also available for internal use. There is also a bloodroot tincture as drops or mouthwash solutions. Homeopathic remedies are also available in the form of globules.

Skin creams with tormentil are for external use – for example for itching.

What side effects can tormentil cause?

Allergic reactions to bloodroot occasionally occur. In this case, you should refrain from further treatment with tormentil.

Slight discomfort in the gastrointestinal area has also been observed after ingestion, especially in people with sensitive stomachs.

What you should consider when using tormentil

  • If diarrhea lasts longer than three days, adults should definitely see a doctor. The same applies to recurring diarrhea and bloody stools.
  • There is still too little experience with the use of tormentil in adolescents under the age of 18, pregnant women and breastfeeding women. So it’s better to avoid it.
  • Taking tormentil internally can delay the absorption of other medications through the intestinal mucosa. Therefore, you should take tormentil preparations at least one hour apart from other medicines.
  • Do not drink tormentil schnapps if you have liver problems or experience alcohol addiction. It is also unsuitable for people under the age of 18.

How to get bloodroot products

You can get dried tormentil as well as dietary supplements and mouthwash solutions in many pharmacies, well-stocked drugstores and health food stores. For the type and duration of use of tormentil preparations, read the respective package insert and ask your doctor or pharmacist.

In the supermarket and liquor stores you will also find herbal schnapps and herbal bitters.

What is Bloodroot?

Bloodroot (Potentilla erecta) belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae). The perennial plant grows in dry and wet meadows, pastures and forests throughout Europe and northern Asia.

Strongly branched stems with basal and stem leaves grow from the strong rootstock (rhizome). Bright yellow, four-petalled flowers with up to 20 stamens bloom at the end of the stems from May to August.

The Latin generic name “Potentilla” is probably derived from the Latin word “potentia” (power) and describes the strong healing powers of the plant. The species name “erecta” (Latin “erectus”: upright) refers to the erect shoot of the plant.

The German name bloodroot comes from the fact that the rhizome turns blood red on the cut surfaces when it is cut.

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