Burdock is well known as a powerful medicinal purifier, immune booster and edible root vegetable since antiquity. Native to Europe and Asia, Burdock, Arctium lappa, is now naturalized worldwide yet unfortunately thought of as a common roadside and garden weed by many in the U.S.
The major action of burdock is its beneficial effects on the performance of organs for elimination and purification-primarily the liver, stomach and colon. Several studies have shown that with continued use, burdock can help protect the liver from the damaging effects of Acetaminophen and alcohol over use. Burdock is an effective diuretic cleanser extracting toxins from the blood and kidneys eliminating them through the urine. Its anti-inflammatory action helps alleviate headaches and minor aches & pains.
Topically, Burdock is used as a treatment for skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and skin spots. The beneficial oils contained in Burdock helps moisturize and nourish the skin. Some natural hand sanitizers contain burdock for its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
There are also many nutritional benefits of consuming burdock. It contains the polysaccharides inulin (acts as a prebiotic helping to reduce sugar and cholesterol blood levels) glucoside-lappin and mucilage that act as a gentle laxative. Burdock also contains potassium and the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium, zinc, selenium and phosphorus and the vitamins folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and the antioxidants vitamins C and E.
Burdock is one of the 4 main herbs in the Essiac tea blend, which is an alternative cancer treatment. In Russia and Indian, Burdock is currently used in oncology for its cancer curing properties. Pregnant women should not use Burdock, and those with low iron and potassium should limit its use.
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