Scientific Name: Arctium lappa
Family: Asteraceae family, which also includes asters and daisies.
Plant: Burdock is often considered a weed – it can grow to over 5 feet high, with leaves over a foot long.
Components: Burdock root contains many different constituents including inulin, phytosterols, polyacetylenes, arctic acid, volatile acids, tannins, vitamin A, iron, calcium, sodium, and other minerals.
Part Used: All parts of the burdock plant can be used for medicinal purposes, although the roots are most commonly used. Often the roots or the leaves are made into a tea, but extracts can also be also prepared.
Available Form: Fresh or dried roots, capsule, tincture, fluid extract, and tea. Topical preparations of burdock are also used for skin problems (such as eczema) and wounds.
Burdock Health Benefits:
- Burdock is an amazing herb to use for detoxification because it supports the liver and kidney the main organ for detoxification. In addition burdock also enhances the lymphatic drainage.
- Burdock destroys impurities of the blood such as harmful bacteria and yeast.
- Burdock has a cooling effect on body temperature. It is said to be especially effective in helping to reduce fever, it is also used for sore throats and mouth sores.
- Burdock has a hormone-balancing qualities that are useful for the treatment of PMS and relieving menopausal symptoms. In addition, its hormone-balancing properties may be beneficial for hormone-dependent cancers.
- Burdock is can help improve digestion and elimination. In this case it is advisable to take burdock with meals.
- Burdock may help improve glucose tolerance.
- Pregnant or nursing women should avoid burdock as it may cause damage to the fetus.
- Burdock lowers blood sugar and is unsafe for diabetics on medication. Use burdock sparingly. Large amounts may be unsafe.
- Those who have chronic diarrhea should start with a low dosage at first, as burdock stimulates the digestive organs. In some people, prolonged use of burdock seed can cause urinary tract irritation.