Echinacea as a dental remedy
by Paul Bergner
Medical Herbalism 12-31-93 5(4): 9
Many Native American tribes, including the Omaha Ponca, Oglala Dakota, Cheyenne, Crow and Commanche used echinacea as a dental remedy. Reported uses include:
- The fresh root chewed for toothaches
- The root juice used on “hollow teeth”
- The whole plant infusion, or the chewed root, for sore gums.
Fresh root or the fresh root juice have a high content of mucilaginous polysaccharides, with both immune-stimulating and wound-healing properties. The isobutylamides in some echinacea species (responsible for the “tingle” of echinacea) also act as a local anesthetic.
Although “hollow teeth” are not so
common today as they were a hundred years ago, bleeding gums and
periodontal disease are still quite common, and echinacea may be useful
in preventing surgical treatment.