Burdock Root




Botanical name: Arctium lappa

Origin: USA/China

Therapeutic actions: Alterative; Anti-scorbutic; Anti-bacterial; Anti-fungal; Anti-rheumatic; Antibiotic; Anti-phlogistic; Aperient; Blood purifier; Carminative; Cholagogue; Depurative; Demulcent; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Hypoglycemic; Mild Laxative; Stomachic; Tonic.

Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.

Drug interactions: No known drug interactions.

Description: Burdock is one of the most effective herbs for cleansing the blood without the side effect of nausea. It is a powerful antioxidant.

Internal Uses: It has been used to treat conditions caused by an ‘overload’ of toxins, such as throat and other infections, boils, rashes and other skin problems. It has soothing, mucilaginous properties and is said to be one of the most certain cures for many types of skin diseases, burns and bruises. It has also been used in the treatment of herpes, eczema, acne, impetigo, ringworm, boils, bites etc. Burdock can help to reduce joint inflammation. The root is thought to be particularly good at helping to eliminate heavy metals from the body. The plant is also part of a North American formula called Essiac, which is a popular treatment for cancer. As a blood purifier, it has been used for arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, and lumbago, rosacea, menopause and psoriasis.

External Uses: It has been used as a hair rinse to promote scalp and hair health. Also used for psoriasis and eczema.

Suggested dosage: 1—2 grams 3 times daily. Tincture 2—4 ml daily.


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