Tis Mal Crow warns that bloodroot
should not be used by pregnant women, by men or women on hormone
therapy, or by anyone on chemotherapy. He says it should not
be used in any form by these people, including for purposes of
personal adornment (skin painting) or in tooth powder.
He recommends dilute amounts .
. . and makes no reference whatsoever to cancer.
He says the root should only be
gathered by women or two-spirited (homosexual) people and never
during their Moon cycle or menses.
He says the plant comes in two
colors, salmon (male) and crimson (female.) To determine the
sex of the plant, you tear the leaf. It will bleed salmon or
crimson and one is to match the plant to the gender of the patient.
I am paraphrasing from his book, Native
Plants: Native Healing, because of recent clinical trials
that suggest that preparations described in my book for cancer
might also be effective in reducing viral loads of AIDS patients,
but no one I know is differentiating the plant according to
Tis Mal Crow describes bloodroot
as a female hormone regulator. Personally, I am fascinated by
this perspective since my experience with bloodroot has been
mainly with breast cancers and Kaposi sarcoma lesions, and I
have always been aware that people using the herbs respond on
many levels to the treatment. I am also very much concerned that
many conditions today are aggravated by environmental factors
that tend towards great hormonal imbalance: plastics, everything
from packaging to dental composites that are hugely estrogenic;
hormone additives that are found in animal products and even
in ground water; and dietary habits that tend to foster imbalances,
such as excess consumption of sugar and inadequate consumption
of proper (non-irradiated) spices and bitters. All of this has
tended towards an effeminization that is easily seen in fish
in certain areas of the country and more subtly in lowered sperm
counts and rising stubborn sterility/infertility rates. If the
aggravating factors are not addressed, there would tend to be
an androgynization of males and excess feminization of females.
Given that the handwriting has
been on the wall for several decades, I had been wondering which
herbs offer the most potential for resolving the effects of such
estrogenic influences. It would be necessary to remove the stored
hormones as well as restore balance to the reproductive system.
I had not considered bloodroot for this task and had been focusing
more on a turmeric-based formula since turmeric can, among other
things, dissolve plastic. The question would then be how to mobilize
the traces of this from the body.
I had been particularly keen to
use a plant that is abundant and not put even more pressure on
the endangered species bloodroot.
For others who want to grow bloodroot, read this book on Planting
the Future, edited by Rosemary Gladstar.
Seeds and rhizomes can be obtained from:
P.O. Box 69
Williams, Oregon 97544