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.

burdock flower health benefits

burdock flower

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 root

burdock root

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.