Benefits Of Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) For Health

Benefits Of Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) For Health


Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica)


Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) is known as other names: European Sanicle, American Sanicle, Black Sanicle,  Black Sanicle, Herbe aux Charpentiers, Herbe aux ChĂȘnes, Herbe de Saint Laurent, Herbe aux Vaches, Poolroot, Sanicle d’Europe, SanĂ­cula, Sanicula europaea, Saniculae Herba, Sanicule, Self-Heal, Wood Sanicle, Sanicle Root, Butterwort, Pool Root,...

Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) is a recurrent or perennially growing herb that has a fat rhizome. This herb has nearly leafless flower stalks that grow straight up to a height of anything between 1 foot and 4 feet. The basal leaves of sanicle appear on elongated stalks and they have five lobes whose shape varies from elliptical to oval. The leaves are irregularly jagged or toothed. The herb bears clusters of blooms during the period between June and July. Each of these clusters comprises 12 to 25 greenish-white flowers, which develop into fruits coated with hooked hairs or bristles.

Benefits Of Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) For Health
Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) Picture

For hundreds of years, two varieities of Sanicule have been used for medicinal purposes. When the early European settlers in North America prepared a poultice from the crushed roots of sanicle with a view to draw snakebite poison from the body, they were actually increasing the already long list of the remedial properties of the herb as well as its European cousin sanicle or S. europaea, which was believed to be a panacea or universal remedy. For instance, herbalists in England employed sanicle to cure a wide range of conditions, including internal hemorrhage, tumors, chronic cough, stomach ulcers, bowel pains, kidney problems, ‘laxes of the belly', varicose veins and even the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. In addition, it was claimed that sanicle was equally effective for curing hemorrhoids, chapped hands and dysentery.

Native Indians in North America also developed several therapeutic uses of sanicle on their own. Especially they employed the herb to cure sore throat, skin complaints, fever, St. Anthony's fire (also known as erysipelas - an excruciating contagion of the skin caused by streptococcus bacteria) and St. Vitus' dance (a form of chorea that is accompanied by jerky and involuntary movements of the body).


Benefits Of Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) For Health


Traditionally, Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) is deemed to be detoxifying and has also been taken orally for treating skin problems. In addition, this herb may be applied externally in the form of a poultice or a salve for healing wounds, chilblains (inflammation of hands and feet owing to exposure to cold), burns, inflamed skin and hemorrhoids.

As sanicle has a very old reputation for healing wounds as well as curing internal hemorrhages, this is a theoretically important herb. However, sanicle is not much in use in modern herbal medicine. It may be noted that sanicle may be employed to cure hemorrhages inside the stomach or intestines, nosebleeds and even the coughing up of blood. Besides, this herb is also used to treat diarrhea and dysentery, congestive problems and bronchial disorders and even tender throats.

In addition, Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) is also reputed for its effectiveness in treating blood disorders. Practitioners of herbal medicine recommend the use ofsanicle combined with other herbs to cure blood disorders. When used internally, this herb is an excellent remedy for chronic coughs, chest and lung problems as well as catarrhal afflictions, blood spitting, bronchial inflammation as well as all disorders related to the pulmonary organs. Sanicle is highly reputed as an alternative medication and is effective in curing diarrhea, dysentery, leucorrhea and other such conditions.

This herb is also used in the form of a gargle to cure sore throat, tonsillar abscess (quinsy) and whenever any individual requires an astringent gargle. According to the eminent English botanist, herbalist and physician Nicholas Culpepper, sanicle is effective for treating ailments related to throat and lungs.

Benefits Of Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) For Health
Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) Picture

Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) is familiar for possessing purgative, expectorant and healing properties. It is also a potent natural medication for soothing the nervous system as well as perking up one's metabolism.

When a decoction or infusion prepared with sanicle leaves and roots is applied externally to children's scald head as well as all other incidences of rashes, the medication works wonderfully. In France and Germany people extensively use sanicle to treat excessive bleeding from the bowels, lungs as well as other internal organs. In addition, the fresh juice obtained from the herb is given in a dosage of a tablespoonful to curb dysentery.

Owing to the healing properties of sanicle, it is applied topically to cure inflammations and sores in the mouth as well as employed in the form of a mouthwash for tender throats. In addition, sanicle is also applied to cure hemorrhoids, lessen menstrual bleedings and heal ulcers. This herbal medication is also extensively taken internally in powdered form to cure fevers and chorea. Sanicle is also highly useful for cleansing the organs as well as healing wounds.

Sanicle (Sanicula Marilandica) Side effects and cautions


Diarrhea: Sanicle contains caffeine. The caffeine in sanicle, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Sanicle contains caffeine. The caffeine in sanicle, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea and might worsen symptoms of IBS.

Stomach or intestinal disorders (such as ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive tract problems): Sanicle can make these conditions worse. Don’t use sanicle if you have stomach or intestinal problems.