I read about herbs and herbal products quite a bit and this is one of the few that any bulk herb seller will ask you to be careful using... I have read different versions of the following safety information concerning bloodroot here is a brief overview of the cautions most sites talk about:
I believe in this herb it has worked for me in a black salve formula from http://www.altcancercream.com but be careful using it for long periods....
What other names is the product known by?
Blood Root, Bloodwort, Coon Root, Indian Plant, Indian Red Paint, Pauson, Red Indian Paint, Red Puccoon, Red Root, Sanguinaria, Sanguinaria canadensis, Snakebite, Sweet Slumber, Tetterwort.
What is it?
Bloodroot is a plant. People use the underground stem (rhizome) to make medicine.
Is it Effective?
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
The effectiveness ratings for BLOODROOT are as follows:Possibly Effective for...
Preventing dental plaque, when used in dental products.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
Coughs, spasms, purging the bowel, causing vomiting, wound cleaning, skin cancers of the nose and ear when applied directly to the skin, and other conditions.
How does it work?
Bloodroot contains chemicals that might help fight bacteria, inflammation, and plaque.
Are there safety concerns?
Bloodroot might be safe for most people, when used short-term. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and grogginess. Skin contact with the fresh plant can cause a rash.
Long-terms or high doses of bloodroot could be unsafe. At high doses it can cause low blood pressure, shock, coma, and glaucoma.
Do not take bloodroot if:
You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
You have stomach or intestinal problems, such as infections, Crohn's disease, or other inflammatory conditions.
You have glaucoma, an eye disease.
Are there any interactions with medications?
It is not known if bloodroot interacts with any medicines.
Before taking bloodroot, talk with your naturopath or healthcare professional if you take any medications.
Hope this helps, take care and good health to all...