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Red Root

Ceanothus americanus – root

Red Root has a very long history in the Americas and is indigenous to Eastern, Central, and Northern America. Red Root is a potent lymphatic and spleen tonic, indicated when there is congestion of fluids and sluggishness.


  • Lymphatic stimulant / tonic
  • Liver stimulant / tonic
  • Spleen tonic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti fungal, anti bacterial


  • All diseases of lymphatic congestion: cysts, mastitis, swollen glands, pelvic congestion.
  • Oedema.
  • Asthma, cough, bronchitis.
  • Liver stagnation.
  • Clumping of red blood cells

Red Root has a long history of documented use with no side effects reported in the literature.

Red Root should not be used with pharmaceutical coagulants or anti-coagulants or in people with coagulation disorders.

The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.

Ceanothus americanus 1:2. Each 1 ml contains 500mg of dry herb.

Liquid extract in 45% ethanol. Use 15 to 40 ml weekly.

Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.

It has been observed that Red Root has the effect on blood and lymph fluids by improving the electrical charge on cell walls, keeping the cells separated and flowing i.e. it improves zeta potential.

Red Root differs from many of the more frequently used alteratives and lymphatics in that it is neutral to warming in its thermal energetics and sweet in taste, which is in contrast to the more bitter and cold common herbal lymphatics. Moreover, Red Root is anti-inflammatory and anticongestive, particularly to the spleen, and is also very effective in the management of a sluggish liver due to its effects on the portal venous system. Red Root improves immune function by assisting the disposal of pathogenic debris through the lymphatic network and also has some secondary activity on the circulatory system.