Botanical Briefs: Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Lauren Schwartzberg, Sandra S. Osswald, Dirk M. Elston

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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a plant that historically has been used in medicine for its antimicrobial, antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, and antineoplastic properties. In dermatology, bloodroot has been utilized for its cytotoxic effects; it has been marketed as black salve as an anticancer treatment, but it does not come without notable toxicities. Unwanted cosmetic outcomes and even irreversible scarring and premalignant conditions have been reported. This article aims to bring awareness to both the therapeutic potential of S canadensis as well as the potential toxicities and risks associated with this North American plant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-214
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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