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.
  Copyright 2001 Paul Bergner 

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