Information on Alum Root

Latin NameHeuchera spp.
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsPowder, capsules.
AffectsDigestive system, Urinary system
CautionsAvoid large doses, especially when constipated.
Botanical InfoA small green perennial herb of shady places with rounded, toothed, basal leaves and a flowering stalk with many tiny white or pink fowers in sprays.
DescriptionAlum root is a strong astringent used to stop the bleeding of cuts, superficial abrasions, and ulcers on the lips. It is used in dilute form as a mouthwash or gargle and has been effective for mouth and throat ulcers. Internally, it is useful as a tea or in capsules to help ease diarrhea, for loose bowels, and for excessive mucus in the urinary tract accompanied by frequent urination.
Caution: Alum root can cause gastrointestinal irritation if taken in large amounts.

Alum root has a taste of ASTRINGENT, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Powder4 caps 2 x daily; externally wash

Ailments Treated by Alum Root

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Diarrheaastringent, antibacterialtea, tincture
Mouth soresastringent, antiviraltincture, tea gargle


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