Today, rhatany is mostly used as a herbal remedy for ailments related to the mouth and throat.
Diluted rhatany tincture is often used as a mouthwash or a gargle in the treatment of inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth, (stomatitis), gingivitis, sore throat (pharyngitis) and inflammation of the tissue around the teeth (periodontitis).
The herb is often added to special kinds of toothpaste that are used to reduce gum inflammation.
The herb’s high content of tannins is responsible for its disinfectant, tonic and firming effect on the mucous membranes of the mouth.
As a remedy for gum inflammation, a concentrated rhatany tincture can also be brushed directly on the gums, or used in combination with tinctures made from other herbs with a good reputation as healing agents for mouth disorders, such as myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) and sage (Salvia officinalis).
One traditional remedy for nasal polyps is to inhale powdered rhatany root and blood root (Sanguinaria canadensis).