Burdock Root. Although it is often despised as a weed, Burdock is one of the most useful healing plants. All parts of the plants, root, leaves, and seeds are medicinally very valuable. In Japan, it is cultivated as a vegetable.
The roots in particular have tremendous detoxifying power, a quality also often described as 'blood cleansing'. What that means is that Burdock supports the liver to detoxify and eliminate poisons from the body. Thus, Burdock is often given as a supportive remedy for skin diseases, such as acne, psoriasis, or eczema, but its power can be utilised much more broadly wherever a system cleanse is indicated. It is one of the ingredients of the Essiac formula, which is used as an anti-tumour / cancer cleansing remedy. The root is also very rich in inuline, regulates gallbladder function and is useful in cases of diabetes and liver disease. Burdock and Nettle root combined make an excellent hair tonic that stimulates hair growth and combats dandruff. The leaves are particularly healing when used externally as a wash or poultice for badly healing wounds, ulcers and skin rashes etc.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if burdock is safe to use when pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Bleeding disorders: Burdock might slow blood clotting. Taking burdock might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Burdock may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking burdock.
Diabetes: Some evidence suggests that taking burdock might lower blood sugar levels. Taking burdock might lower blood sugar levels too much in people with diabetes who are already taking medications to lower blood sugar.
Surgery: Burdock might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking it at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
- Burdock Root is sweet, mild and wonderfully earthy with a taste similar to artichoke
- Good Source of Protein, Dietary Fibre, Iron, Copper, Manganese and Calcium
- Rich in Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B
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