Red root originally comes from North and South America, and various species can be found from Guatemala to Canada.
Red root’s main action is in the lymphatic system and thus is a primary immune-enhancing herb. It is anti-inflammatory for both the liver and spleen which makes it extremely useful for many of my chronic tickborne patients.
It helps with the clearance of any old, dead cells through the lymphatic system. This is a vital function for reducing Herx/die-off effects in anyone with a chronic infection.
Why We Love red root – the Babesia, Powassan Virus and swelling helper
Practically speaking, I began using red root only for patients who were experiencing swelling and “puffiness” during their tickborne illness. Be sure to cross-check for a simultaneous thyroid problem which also causes puffiness. I will often have a patient try getting rid of excess fluid through lymph massages, and if they receive temporary benefit from this, then the addition of red root is a must.
Lastly, red root is useful against a variety of viral pathogens, but I consider this a must alongside Lomatium for the flavivirus family. Most of the time in Minnesota this describes patients with Powassan Virus, but it can also be useful if you are struggling with the more famous West Nile Virus (although I find West Nile only rarely up north).
Cautions: Red root is an astringent (helps blood clot) so we avoid this if you are on blood thinners. In that case, I use red sage instead.
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