Arctium lappa common names: edible burdock, greater burdock, lappa

Burdock is a relative of the sunflower. It has reddish-purple flowers with spiny bracts which are harvested in summer and two year old roots are also utilized in herbal medicine. burdock, burdock seeds

This plant can help eliminate excess fluids in the body and stimulate the elimination of toxic waste materials. It cleanses the body of bile and detoxifies the kidneys and liver.

It also increases perspiration, which also reduces excess toxins.

Burdock Health Benefits

  • Arthritis, gout. Consistent use of the tea from root eases arthritis and gout by reducing swelling.
  • Eczema. Root oil is applied to scalp as an anti-inflammatory. Root prevents auto-immune attack against the skin.
  • Cancer. Root is capable of reducing cell mutation. Part of Essiac tea used in cancer alternative therapies.
  • Diabetes. Seed extract may have blood sugar lowering effects. Plants fibers slow sugar absorbtion from GI tract.
  • Liver. Will help damaged liver heal in as little as two weeks. May prevent further damage.

Considerations In Use

Available in Japanese stores as a cereal called gobo or goboshi. Oil and tinctures are found in health food stores. Burdock root and teas are also available.

Take 2-4 mls of tincture per day or 1-2 grams 3x/day if capsules.

Avoid larger quantities as it may stimulate the uterus. Do not take if pregnant!

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