Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) is a member of the Rosaceae family and is native to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States. It grows best in moist, grassy meadows and sandy, loamy, or dense soils.
The roots of Sanguisorba officinalis are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Referred to as di yu, it is used topically to treat burns and skin rashes and internally to treat diarrhea, duodenal ulcers, bloody stools, bloody cough, and heavy periods.
Anecdotally, burnet has been used as a source of food, as a substitute for tea, and for a variety of medicinal purposes due to its astringent, hemostatic (stops bleeding), pain-relieving, and healing properties. However, no available scientific evidence supports the use of burnet to treat any condition in humans.
2Alpha,3alpha,23-trihydroxyurs-12-en-24,28-dioic acid 28-beta-D-glucopyranosyl ester, 2alpha,3beta-dihydroxy-28-norurs-12,17,19(20),21-tetraen-23-oic acid, 3beta-[(alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)oxy]-19alpha-hydroxyolean-12-en-28-oic acid, 3beta-[(alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)oxy]-19beta-hydroxyurs-12,20(30)-dien-28-oic acid, 3beta-[(alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)oxy]-urs-11,13(18)-dien-28-oic acid beta-D-glucopyranosyl ester, 3beta-[(alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)oxy]-urs-12,19(20)-dien-28-oic acid, 3beta-[(alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)oxy]-urs-12,19(29)-dien-28-oic acid, di yu, ellagitannin, great burnet, Poteriumofficinale (L.) Gray, Rosaceae (family), sanguiin H-6, Sanguisorbamicrocephala K.Presl, Sanguisorba minor magnolii, Sanguisorba officinalis spp., tannins, triterpenoids.
These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.