Burdock
(Arctium lappa) in its first year.

Part used:

roots, rhizome, seeds, (leaves- as a pot herb-China)

Actions:

Diuretic, diaphoretic, alterative, nutritive, mild laxative, bitter, vulnerary.

Constituents:

up to 50% inulin; Arctin, (a bitter glycoside), volatile oil, flavinoid glycosides, tannin, alkaloids, anti-microbial substances, polyacetylenes, resin, mucilage, (rich in iron).

Botany:

Compositae family.
Burdock is one of the gifts brought to us by Native North American, and Asian cultures. It is not only a delicious addition to a soup or stew, but it is valuable medicinally in many instances. As in the old, but accurate addage: let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.

Burdock taken as an internal remedy,(as a tea or extract) is most useful in skin conditions which are characterized by dry, scaly skin, and which may include such conditions as psoriasis, dry eczema, and skin erruptions, (boils, carbuncles, ulcers, or bruises). These conditons may be further helped by applying a poultice of the roots to the affected area.

The slightly bitter roots provide an excellent means to stimulate gastric secretions, especially increasing bile production. Through this action, Burdock root aids digestion and helps increase appetite. Burdock root acts as a cleansing diuretic agent in the blood, thus removing excessive toxins, and damaging acids by facilitating their removal through the kidneys. It is through this removal of acids, (especially uric acid), that Burdock aids rheumatic conditions, Gout, and certain kinds of Arthritis. It can be ingested to help reduce kidney inflammation, because of its clearing, anti-inflammatory, and cooling actions.

As a testimony to its marvelous clearing effects, Burdock is one of the four healing herbs combined into the famous "ESSIAC" blend, which is used for the reduction and elimination of cancers. (the other herbs in the formula include Slippery elm bark, sheep sorrel, and rhubarb root).


Flowering Burdock in its second year, producing seed.



The seed of Burdock is a valuable part of the herb, used for treating chronic skin disorders, for which it is used as either a wash, extract, or steeped oil. The seeds are also used in China to treat types of colds characterized by sore a throat with unproductive coughing. The seeds also help to lower blood sugar levels.

The roots of Burdock may be toasted and then added to toasted dandelion root for use as a dark, rich,flavorful coffee replacement beverage.

As a hot tea, Burdock root may be used to stimulate diaphoresis (sweating), and by this mechanism, helps the body to lower fevers.



Dosages:

TEA: A decoction of the tea is used: Use 1 teaspoon of dried root for each cup of tea. Add herb to cold water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10-15 minutes. 1 cupshould be drunk three times daily.

EXTRACT: Use 2 - 4 ml. (40 - 80 drops) of the root extract, taken three times per day.

Combinations: herbs which combine well with Burdock include: dandelion root, Yellow dock root, Red clover, and Cleavers.


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