Scientific: Arctium lappa [WikiPedia]
Composition: Contains flavonoid glycosides, bitter glycosides, alkaloids, high amounts of inulin, vitamin B2, thiamin, iron and silicon.
Appearance: Burdock has been
an important botanical in Western folk herbalism and traditional Chinese
medicine for thousands of years, primarily valued for its cleansing and
skin smoothing properties. The entire plant is edible and is a popular
vegetable in Asia, particularly in Japan. More recently, burdock has
been an ingredient in hair tonics and in cosmetics for mature skin.
Parts Used: Dried root or seed
as a cold infusion, decoction, tincture, or powdered and encapsulated.
Fresh or cooked root and leaf as an edible vegetable Fresh root or seed
as a tincture Fresh leaf as a poultice.
Common Uses: Alterative,
diuretic and diaphoretic. One of the best blood purifiers. In all skin
diseases, it is a certain remedy and has effected a cure in many cases
of eczema, either taken alone or combined with other remedies, such as
Yellow Dock and Sarsaparilla. The root is principally employed, but the
leaves and seeds are equally valuable. The anti-scorbutic properties of
the root make the decoction very useful for boils, scurvy and rheumatic
affections, and by many it is considered superior to Sarsaparilla, on
account of its mucilaginous, demulcent nature; it has in addition been
recommended for external use as a wash for ulcers and scaly skin
disorders. An infusion of the leaves is useful to impart strength and
tone to the stomach, for some forms of long-standing indigestion. When
applied externally as a poultice, the leaves are highly resolvent for
tumors and gouty swellings, and relieve bruises and inflamed surfaces
generally. The bruised leaves have been applied by the peasantry in many
countries as cataplasms to the feet and as a remedy for hysterical
disorders. From the seeds, both a medicinal tincture and a fluid extract
are prepared, of benefit in chronic skin diseases. Americans use the
seeds only, considering them more efficacious and prompt in their action
than the other parts of the plant. They are relaxant and demulcent,
with a limited amount of tonic property. Their influence upon the skin
is due largely to their being of such an oily nature: they affect both
the sebaceous and sudoriferous glands, and probably owing to their oily
nature restore that smoothness to the skin which is a sign of normal
Burdock promotes kidney function and cleans the
liver. Recent studies indicate that burdock has antibacterial and
antifungal activity, possibly as a function of its antioxidant
biochemicals. One of its major constituents, inulin, is
anti-inflammatory and helps correct imbalances of the immune system.
Some evidence indicate anti-tumour activity, and action which may be
enhanced by combining with red clover.
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