Scientific Name: Arctium lappa - Compositae
AKA: Hardock, hurrburr, happy major, hareburr, philanthropium, Niu bang zi, turkey burrseed, fox’s clote, bardana, cocklebur, personata, grass burdock, clotbur, burr seed, cockle buttons, lappa, thorny burr, love leaves
Parts Used: Seed (from the Fruit) – Leaves - Root
Active Compounds: Inulin, mucilage, bitter glycosides such as arctiopicrin, flavonoids, polyacetylenes, tannins, volatile oil, sesquiterpenes.
Background: Chinese medicine used Burdock root, with other herbs, to treat symptoms of measles, tonsillitis, sore throats, gout, fevers, kidney stones, and the common cold. In Japan, it is eaten as a vegetable. Burdock has also been used to detoxify blood and eliminate waste. Today, it is sometimes used to treat cancer.
Diuretic: The Burdock root is a primary source to treat rheumatism, gout and dropsy. Also useful to treat diabetes and as a blood purifier. Kidneys also benefit when Burdock is taken several times a day.
Antibacterial: Poultices made from Burdock are used in the treatment of bruises and burns. Lactone is the active ingredient in Burdock when used as an antibacterial ointment. Acne is also said to improve with use of Burdock.
Antifungal: Burdock is used to treat skin diseases and fungal infections. It can be effective when applied to skin tumors. Psoriasis and eczema symptoms are lessened by the use of a Burdock preparation.
Burdock is also used as an antibiotic and antiseptic - and is very helpful when disorders of this nature are due to toxicity. New research shows promise as an anti-tumor medication.
Description: Burdock grows from 3 to 4 feet in height and is found in parts of Europe and Asia growing in populous areas along fences and walls – mostly in very moist places. The root of the Burdock plant is the main source of herbal concoctions. During its first year of growth, pale green leaves are primary. During the second year of growth, a stem with branches appears. Purple flower clusters appear from July to September. It is harvested in the summer for its seeds and then again for the entire plant in mid-summer.
Root Tincture: Take 2 to 4 ml a day.
Capsule: Take 1 to 2 grams of Burdock three times a day.
Decoction: Use 35 ml a day for 4 weeks to treat skin disease and arthritis.
Do not take in large quantities of Burdock or if you have persistent diarrhea
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