ARROWLEAF BALSAMROOT
(Balsamorhiza sagittata root)
extracted by tincture in food grade alcohol

Immunomodulatory / Antibacterial / Antifungal / Diaphoretic / Expectorant


Plant Description/History: Another common name for the Arrowleaf Balsamroot is "Oregon Sunflower". The showy large yellow flowers and arrow shaped leaves can be found growing in stands throughout the Rocky Mountain region, west to the Pacific coastline in the U.S. and on north through Alberta and British Columbia. Many North American Indian tribes used the plant medicinally. The large root can be as thick as the width of a hand, weighing up to 30 pounds, and reaching over 8 feet in length.

Constituents: Balsamorhiza sagittata roots contain an array of flavonoids including 7-methyl-ether and 6-hydroxykaempferal, inulin, glycans, resins, terebinthine principlesm, and caffeic acids similar to those found in Echinacea.

Indications: Antibacterial and antifungal properties can be found in the compounds of the Arrowleaf Balsamroot and is thought to stimulate white blood cell activity, thereby boosting the immune system with dosing that lasts up to six weeks.

Dosage for Adults
Immune Stimulant: 1 teaspoon three times a day for up to six weeks
Respiratory Infection: 1 teaspoon twice a day up to three weeks until symptoms are gone
Expectorant: 1 teaspoon twice a day for one week

Interactions & Warnings: none known

References:
"Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West" by author Michael Moore

Pharmaceutical Biology 1997, Vol. 35, No. 2:Pages 77-83. Anti-Mycobacterial Screening of British Columbian Medicinal Plants. A.R. McCutcheon, R.W. Stokes, L.M. Thorson, S.M. Ellis, R.E.W. Hancock, G.H. N. Towers.

Plant Med 1996 Feb;62(1):65-6. An antibacterial thiophene from Balsamorhiza sagittata. Matsuura H, Saxena G, Farmer SW, Hancok RE, Towers GH.



Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.