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Actions : Expectorant, anti-spasmodic, emetic, cathartic, nervine, cardio-active, topical irritant. Indications : Blood root finds its main use in the treatment ofbronchitis. Whilst the stimulating properties show in its power as an emetic and expectorant, it demonstrates a relaxing action on the bronchial muscles. It thus has a role in the treatment of asthma, croup and also laryngitis. However, by far the most important contribution Sanguinaria has to make is in chronic congestive conditions of the lungs including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and bronchitis.
It acts as a stimulant in cases of deficient peripheral circulation. It may be used as a snuff in the treatment of nasal polypi. Ellingwood considered it specific for harsh, dry cough with relaxed tissues of the pharynx, larynx and bronchi, with a sense of constriction and constant irritation and uneasiness or tickling of the throat. In addition he recommends it for the following pathologies : congestion of the lungs, bronchial coughs, stridulous laryngitis, and the croup; externally for otitis media, nasal congestion, anal fissures, and lupus. Combinations : It combines well with Horehound and Elecampane for congestive complaints. Preparations & Dosage : Decoction: put l teaspoonful of the rhizomein a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to infuse for l0 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. Tincture: take 1/2 teaspoon, 3 x daily.