Burdock Roots and Their Amazing Remedies
by Joy Mary
lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, and taraxosterol. It
contains vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin C and a few other vitamins. Burdock provides
significant amounts of chromium, copper, iron, and magnesium. The root also
contains trace amounts of organic mercury, making it ideal for mercury detox

Though the roots pack the greatest potential for healing, other parts are used as
well. Historically, the seeds of the burdock plants were compressed to make a
mixture that was effective in easing pain from arthritis, and treating gout,
rheumatism, ulcers, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The burdock seeds contain
beneficial fatty acids. The oil from the seeds can be used as a diaphoretic, which leads
to increased perspiration. This cleanses the body and helps in treating influenza,
gallbladder or liver disorders, and to aid the kidneys. The leaves or tea from the
leaves have been used successfully to treat poison ivy or poison oak. In the far east,
the leaves are used like lettuce and the root is eaten as a vegetable.

The most popular western use of burdock root and seeds is as a primary herb in
blood purifier formulas. Just how this works is uncertain though it seems to be
related to its diuretic properties. It has many nutrients like iron, inulin (a
carbohydrate), and beneficial oils. Also, burdock root can be used as a gentle laxative
and help rid the body of uric acid. Some active ingredients of burdock are
polyacetylenes, that are known to be effective antibacterials and antifungals.

Traditionally, burdock root has been used as a remedy for measles, arthritis,
tonsillitis, viruses like colds, throat pain, and as a diuretic. The Chinese used it as an
aphrodisiac, and believe it to be effective in treating barrenness and impotence.

The burdock root extract has long been used in Europe to treat dandruff and
encourage healthy hair growth. To improve the condition of your hair, simply
massage burdock root oil into your scalp. Also, recent studies have shown that
arctigenin, a chemical in burdock, may well be effective in treating some types of
cancer by slowing tumor growth. It contains Essiac and Hoxsey, both used in cancer

Burdock is easily obtainable as an ingredient in teas, ointments, Bur oil, or pills. Many
herbalists say it is safe to be taken internally, externally, or as food. However, it is
important to make sure that the herb is pure. It is not toxic this way. Be careful in
gathering it yourself. It looks a bit like belladonna, a plant that can be fatally toxic if

Though some tests indicate burdock is may help with abnormal blood sugar levels, it
should be used cautiously for this. Mixed opinions are given about use of burdock by
pregnant women because some say it may cause uterine contractions. It is best
used in combination with other herbs since it can start the body cleansing too rapidly
if used alone. If used by itself, start with small amounts. Also, for its blood cleansing
effects to be maximized, burdock needs to be used consistently over an extended
period, at least three months.

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Joy Mary

Though this article has covered many of the benefits of the
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can make a profound impact on your body's health.
We have probably all walked through
a field, only to be annoyed by the
pesky burrs stuck to our socks or
pant legs. But the root of that plant is
a major ingredient of a wide variety
of healthy remedies. Burdock
(officially Arctium lappa) grows wild in
Europe, Asia, and North America. The
root is sweet and has a gummy
consistency but the leaves are bitter
like dandelion. The stalks taste a little
like celery.

Burdock's active ingredients are
arcigen, calcium, chlorogenic acid,
essential oil, flavonoids, inulin,
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