Bloodroot (Potentilla erecta)
The bloodroot, also called tormentil, belongs to the rose family. It is a perennial herbaceous plant with small, yellow flowers and a strong rhizome. This medicinal herb is found in the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere.
Its rhizome is used medicinally, which shows blood-red cuts when cut. The value-determining ingredients are primarily a high proportion of tannins from the catechin group as well as tannins.
As a classic tannin drug with astringent and drying as well as antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, bloodroot is mainly used for skin and mucous membrane diseases, and also for diarrhoea. In addition, the extract of bloodroot has an antioxidant effect and thus protects the tissue from oxidative stress. This promotes wound healing.
In folk medicine, bloodroot has always been successfully used to treat diarrhoea. Its tannins are slowly released in the digestive tract and thus reach deeper parts of the intestine.