Cranesbill or Alum Root
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Cranesbill or Alum RootCRANESBILL
(commonly known as Alum Root)
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Botanical:  Geranium maculatum
Family:   Geraniaceae (geranium)

Other common names:  Alum Root, Spotted Cranesbill, Wild Cranesbill, Crowfoot, Geranium,

Wild Geranium, Spotted Geranium, Dove's Foot, Tormentil, Storksbill, Alumroot, Alum Bloom, Shameface, American Kino Root, Old Maid's Nightcap, Chocolate Flower

A powerful astringent and antiseptic, Cranesbill has been used for centuries in the treatment of diarrhea and hemorrhage, including bleeding gums after tooth extraction and excessive menstruation.  It is also excellent for treating internal piles and hemorrhoids.   Cranesbill helps to reduce inflammation of the mucous membranes and has been used to heal the gastrointestinal tract.

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History:
Centuries ago, Native American healers knew that the root of the wild geranium would calm an inflamed intestinal tract and treat diarrhea.  Cranesbill is a perennial plant that is native to North America, and may be found in low grounds and woodlands from Canada to Georgia, and westward to Kansas.  The stout, horizontal rootstock (the medicinal part) produces a hairy stem with opposite pairs of leaves and clusters of attractive rose-purple flowers that bloom from April to July.  The plant's fruit bears a fanciful resemblance to a Crane's bill, hence, the name Cranesbill, and the entire flowering plant reaches a height of approximately two feet.  Native Americans used Cranesbill as an eyewash and applied it to sores, open wounds and swollen feet.  The Chippewas employed it as a remedy for sores inside the mouth, especially in children, and many tribes ate the young leaves of the plant. The early settlers learned of the many effective medicinal qualities of Cranesbill from the Native American tribes, and by the nineteenth century, a physician remarked that the root was "a very popular domestic remedy" that was widely in use as an astringent for diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhaging. Cranesbill was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1916. To this day herbalists recommend the underground rootstem for many of those same medicinal purposes, and it is still used both internally and externally for its astringent qualities.

Beneficial Uses:
When used internally, Cranesbill acts as a hemostatic, or agent that will stop bleeding, and is an excellent treatment for hemorrhage, nosebleeds, and profuse menstruation. The root contains a high concentration of tannins that act as a powerful astringent, causing mucous membranes to constrict, and are also said to be effective against diarrhea, cholera and dysentery.

When ingested, Cranesbill is considered an old and reliable way to treat hemorrhoids and internal piles. It is also known to promote venous health.

Taken internally, Cranesbill has a potent healing effect on the entire gastrointestinal tract and has been used as an excellent treatment against pus and mucus in the bladder and intestines or, in fact, mucous discharges from any part of the body.  It is helpful in reducing inflammation of the mucous membranes, and curbs irritation of hemorrhoidal tissue.

Used externally, Cranesbill is a powerful blood coagulant: The dry powder sprinkled on a wound or cut will stop bleeding immediately.  (Barbers have used it as a styptic for years to stop razor cuts.)

As an antiseptic mouthwash, Cranesbill will aid in the relief of mouth sores, sore throat and bleeding gums.

Considered a powerful antiseptic and effective antibacterial, Cranesbill has also been found helpful in fighting leukorrhea and the bacteria associated with tuberculosis.

Contraindications:
Currently, there appear to be no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Cranesbill Herbal Supplement, but this herb is not recommended for long-term use, as excessive use may cause liver damage.

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