Common Name: Brazilian Rhatany
Brazilian rhatany is an evergreen, multi-branched shrub growing around 1 metre tall.
A very popular, traditional herbal remedy in S. America where the root is commonly harvested from the wild. The roots are sold in local markets and also exported to Europe and America for medicinal use and as a dye plant238].
S. America - Brazil.
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Prefers a well-drained, sandy or stony soil and a sunny position[
Extracts of the root have been used to improve the colour, richness and astringency of red wine[
Brazilian rhatany root has very similar properties to K. Lappacea[
]. It is used in the same ways, viz:-
The root is a strongly astringent, antimicrobial and tonic herb that checks bleeding; controls discharges and diarrhoea; and encourages healing[
]. It is particularly valued for treating problems relating to the gastro-intestinal tract, especially diarrhoea and dysentery[
]. It is also taken internally to treat haemorrhage and excessive menstruation[
Externally, the root is used as a wash, or in the form of a suppository or ointment, to treat vaginal discharge, haemorrhoids, chilblains, wounds, varicose veins and areas of capillary fragility that are prone to easy bruising[
]. It makes a good mouthwash and gargle for treating bleeding and infected gums, mouth ulcers and sore throats[
The root contains 10 - 20% tannins[
The root is used as a tooth preservative. It is powdered and added to proprietary mixes for oral hygiene[
The root contains 7.2% tannins[
A red pigment is present in the root[
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