Burdock is an herb and a member of the thistle family. The roots are the most important part of this plant, which are used medicinally. The roots and seeds contain iron, essential oils, manganese, sulfur, tannins, zinc, and Vitamins B1, B6, B12, and Vitamin E.
This herb may be used to purify the blood, restore liver and gallbladder function, and stimulate the immune system. It may relieve gout, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. It stimulates appetite and has been used to treat anorexia nervosa. Burdock is also used to treat skin disorders such as boils, acne, abscesses, and dandruff.
Sources of Burdock
Burdock is available in the following forms: dried root powder, tincture, or as a fluid extract. The root can be boiled in water producing a decoction.
Guidelines and Cautions
Commercially purchased burdock usually include directions for use.
- Burdock may interfere with iron absorption.
- This herb should not be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Miscarriage may occur.
- Burdock should not be taken by people with diabetes, heart or cardiovascular conditions.
The toxic effects of burdock have not been thoroughly studied.
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