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Know Your Remedies: Sanguinaria Canadensis (Sang.)

Know Your Remedies: Sanguinaria Canadensis (Sang.) 1

Common Names: Bloodroot; bloodwort; Canada puccoon.

General Information

The symptoms of those needing Sanguinaria Canadensis (Sang.) are usually right-sided (especially headaches) and often improve with burping, vomiting, or passing flatus (gas). The person is warm-blooded and complains of burning, congestion, and flushes of heat. They feel worse in the daytime sun. Mucous membranes are often dry though any discharge will be burning or acrid. A strong liking for spicy or pungent food is common.

Mental-Emotional Symptoms

  • Sensitive to light, noise, and odours.
  • Want to be held. Feel better for being held.


  • Nearly all headaches and migraines are right-sided.
  • Weekly headaches/migraines.
  • Headaches/migraines that commence in nape of the neck and settle over the right eye.
  • Headaches/migraines with burning in the stomach.
  • Headaches/mograines relieved by vomiting.
  • Headaches/migraines in which the eyes feel as though they are being pressed out.


  • Sensitive to odours.
  • Acrid discharges.
  • Hay fever.
  • Polyps

Chest and Respiratory

  • Cough that is improved by burping or passing flatus (gas.)
  • Cough that improves with vomiting.
  • Asthma with heartburn.


  • Eosophagitis
  • Vomiting with headaches or migraines.


  • Pain in right shoulder, on raising or turning arm.
  • Shoulder pain that worsens at night. Bursitis.
  • Heat and burning of palms or soles.
  • Feet become hot at night – have to poke them out from under the covers.

Where do I find it?

Sanguinaria Canadensis (Sang.) is available from our online store as a single remedy in either pills or liquid, and as part of the following Complex (combination remedy): Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Pain.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment, also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

For acute and self-limiting complaints, take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 1 to 4 hours (once every hour for intense symptoms or once every 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance. Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that will be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

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