Burdock has been used for centuries to treat a variety of health conditions. The burdock root is native to Asia and Europe; however, it can be found all across the United States growing as a weed. Burdock root may be beneficial in ridding the body of toxins, treating certain skin disorders and has been used in conjunction with other herbs to create mixtures for treating sore throats and other flu-like symptoms. Speak with your doctor before using this herb as an alternative treatment for health conditions.
Burdock root consists of volatile oils, carbohydrates, fatty oils, tannins and plant sterols, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition, the root of the burdock plant also contains iron, potassium, mucilage, calcium and flavonoids. Though scientists aren’t certain which ingredient in the herb is responsible for its healing benefits, it is believed that it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant effects.
When taken orally or used in an herbal tea, burdock root can been used to remove toxins in the body and purify blood, according to Natural Herbs Guide. The iron found in the plant is beneficial for the restoration and purification of blood. The diuretic properties of the burdock plant promote healthy kidney function and possibly treat urinary infections.
The seeds, roots and leaves of the burdock plant can stimulate appetite and digestion, relieve indigestion and act as a gentle laxative. Due to the herb's antibacterial and antifungal properties, burdock helps to restore healthy bacteria in the bowels. This herb has also been used to treat other stomach conditions.
To use burdock root as an herbal tea, the UMMC suggests adding 2 to 6 g of dried burdock root to approximately 2 cups boiling water. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture; allow it to cool, and drink. This mixture may be drunk up to three times per day. Burdock root is also available in the form of powder, fluid extract and tincture. To use the fluid extract, UMMC recommends taking doses of 2 to 8 mL up to three times daily.
This herb should not be taken in conjunction with certain medications, such as diuretics or diabetic medications. If taken while using diuretics, the combination of both can lead to dehydration. Low-blood sugar can result if burdock is used with certain diabetic medications. It is strongly recommended you seek advice from your doctor before using herbs.
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