Information on Beth Root

Latin NameTrillium erectum, T. spp.
Other NamesTrillium
Part UsedRhizome
Herb FormsBulk herb for tea, tincture.
AffectsBlood, Endocrine system, Urinary system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy. The rhizome is acrid and can cause irritation of the throat, stomach, and intestines in sensitive individuals, or when used excessively.
Botanical InfoA small perennial wildflower of hardwood and mixed forests. The plant is usually under 12 inches high, has 3 rounded green or green and purple mottled leaves, with one large star-like 3-petaled purple or white flower.
DescriptionBeth root is used for vaginal infections, cramping, menorrhagia, and diarrhea. It is said to facilitate childbirth and regulate the menses. The astringent properties of beth root have made it useful for bleeding from the stomach or lungs and for excessive menstruation. Externally it is useful for wounds, sores, and varicose veins and as a douche for leucorrhea.

Beth Root has a taste of PUNGENT, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1/4-1/2 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1 dropperful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Beth Root

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Labor, to facilitateuterine tonictea, tincture
Leucorrheaastringenttea as a douche


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