Arrowroot is indigenous to Central America and is found today in all tropical regions around the world. The root is a washed and peeled and then macerated. Then the starch is extracted using water and purified by repeated sieving and dried in the sun. The resulting powder is 25-27% starch.
Arrowroot is believed to increase the out put of bile from the gallbladder and thus exhibits a lowering of cholesterol levels in the body over a period of use.
Arrowroot is a nutritive especially for infants, those chronically ill and convalescents. It is also used as a dietary aid in gastrointestinal disorders and also for diarrhea, especially in pediatrics. It has been used in acute diarrhea.
A nutritive “gruel” can be made by boiling the powder in water.