Botanical Name: Xanthorrhiza simplicissima
Common Names and Synonyms: Shrub Yellowroot
Background: This small perennial herb is native to North America
and Asia and can be found growing in damp, sandy areas and swamps.
The name comes from the thread-like creeping rhizome which is a golden
color. The clusters of evergreen leaflets have yellow tufts at their base
and the solitary flowers are yellowish. Yellow root was used by Native
Americans for treating colds and as an aid in childbirth. Yellow
root was also used as a bitter tonic during the 19th century taken before
meals to stimulate the appetite.
Yellow Root in the Cayce Readings
In one reading, Edgar Cayce described the specific action of yellow root
as acting on the "the pneumogastric [vagus nerve] forces and gastric juices
of the pyloric [lower] end of the stomach itself."
Yellow root was recommended in the following amounts:
Quotes on Yellow Root
Yellow root was always recommended with other substances in a compound,
never by itself. Although a wide diversity of formulas were given,
the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with yellow root
were as follows:
|Black Snake Root
The Yellow Root is for the pneumogastric forces
and gastric juices of the pyloric end of the stomach itself.
This humor or bacilli that is carried in the blood produces the disposition
toward that, that would be malignant eventually. This would be of
assistance to relieve or help to relieve this body: To two gallons
of water, we would add, preferably this should be rain water or distilled
water, two ounces of yellow burdock root, two ounces black snake root,
two ounces of Elder flower, two ounces of yellow root, four ounces balsam
tolu. This would be simmered, not boiled, until reduced to two quarts,
strain and add to this, this that has been reduced from a quart to a pint,
two ounces prickly ash bark, with four drams of Peruvian bark - put the
bark in the original - add one ounce of alcohol to this solution to keep.
The dose will be tablespoonful before each meal. This will give an
appetite and will relieve this humor in the blood. This will not
cure it. This must be through the mind, too.
To give the proper balance to this body, so as to
overcome these conditions, to create within the peyerenial [perineurial?
Peyer's glands?] gland forces sufficient of the secretions to overcome
the conditions through this portion of the body, and to give the correct
incentives to the blood supplying forces, we would take this into the system:
To one gallon of rain water, we would add:
Sarsaparilla Root...............4 ounces,
Yellow Dock Root................2 ounces,
Burdock Root....................2 ounces,
Black Snake Root................2 ounces,
Yellow Root (or Gold Seal)......2 ounces.
Reduce by simmering, not boiling, to one quart.
Strain. While warm, add: 6 ounces of grain alcohol, with 2 drams
Balsam of Tolu.
The dose would be teaspoonful three times each day
- one-half hour before meals.