The rhizome of the herb bloodroot forms the basis of the homeopathic remedy sanguinaria. The rhizome of this herb is dug out during fall, dehydrated, chopped into fine pieces and macerated or pulverized in alcohol. The resultant solution is strained and subsequently diluted to desired potency to obtain sanguinaria, which does not retain even the slightest trace of the original substance it is prepared from. The bloodroot herb encloses a potent alkaloid called sanguinarin, which has the potential to result in nausea and vomiting and scorching pains in the stomach. When taken in large or excessive dosage, the herb can prove to be fatal. The burning feature of this plant is of most significance when it forms the major element in the homeopathic remedy sanguinaria. In homeopathy, sanguinaria is most commonly prescribed for treating respiratory ailments, including bronchitis, asthma, inflammation of the pharynx as well as nasal or laryngeal polyps (a projecting enlargement from a mucous surface). The preliminary symptoms of this condition may comprise of dehydration, rawness and burning sensation in the mucus membranes and subsequently in phlegm. In addition homeopathic physicians also prescribe sanguinaria to treat other health conditions, including indigestion, hay fever accompanied by a burning sensations and aridness in the nose and throat, and coughs that are generally arid and intermittent, for instance, after flu or whooping cough. A burning sensation in the chest that spreads to the right shoulder making it difficult for the patients to lift their arms is one of the major symptoms associated will all the ailments mentioned above. In addition, the homeopathic remedy sanguinaria is also prescribed for people suffering from rheumatic pains in the right shoulder, throbbing headaches and migraines that become fixed over the right eye, and also hot flashes during menopause. Sanguinaria is especially useful for certain types of headaches, wherein the pain is on the right side and begins in the back part of the head or skull (occiput) and extends towards the upper part and settles over the right eye. Patients suffering from this type of headache have a sensation as though their head would explode. This type of headache is spasmodic in nature, returning at menopause and generally occurs on every seventh day. This type of headache begins in the morning, intensifies during the day and persists till the evening. People enduring this type of headache feel better when they are asleep or when they are lying quietly in a dark room. Some people enduring this type of headache may also have a flushing face, while the cheeks turn red. As mentioned before, it is a periodic headache that reoccurs on every seventh day. Turning to the homeopathic remedy sanguinaria helps to treat the actual health condition as well as provide relief from the associated symptoms. It may be noted that in homeopathy, sanguinaria is the primary medication for treating nasal blockade. It is effective when the nose is plugged with mucus and congested in catarrhal condition of the nose. Patients suffering from this health condition have copious, dense, yellowish discharges from their nose. Some of these patients may also suffer from cough simultaneously owing to getting a cold, from a draft of cold air as well as change in the weather conditions. Intermittent coughs accompanied by choking and vomiting are the other symptoms of this health condition. The homeopathic medication sanguinaria is also effective in treating chest problems, especially when the right side of the chest is sore and produces a burning sensation. In this condition, the patients may suffer from chocking as well as vomiting. They may also experience coughs which originate from gastric problems and every time the patient coughs, it ends with a belching or burping. The cough deteriorates during the night and the patients feel better when they sit up in the bed and after belching. In addition, sanguinaria is also known to be an effective medication in the perseverance stage of pneumonia, especially when the right lung is affected. In such cases, the patients experience a tickling sensation behind the sternum or the breastbone. The patients are able to feel every cough at the place where the trachea is branched. Before we wrap up the uses of sanguinaria, we may highlight the primary uses of this homeopathic remedy once again. In homeopathy, sanguinaria is also indicated for treating rheumatism of the right arm, shoulder and deltoid (a large, triangular muscle covering the joint of the shoulder). Such type of rheumatism (problems of the back or the extremities) is generally a result of exposure to cold or cold air. People suffering from this condition experience a drawing and tearing tenderness making it difficult for the patients to lift their arms. As a result of this, they always have to keep their arm hanging by their side.
The herb bloodroot, which forms the basis of the homeopathic remedy sanguinaria, is indigenous to the eastern regions of North America and is found growing in the wild through the expanse ranging from Nova Scotia in Canada to the south to Florida in the United States. Bloodroot happens to be the solitary species in the genus Sanguinaria and is incorporated in the family Papaveraceae. Bloodroot has a close resemblance of Eomecon found in the eastern regions of Asia.