Herb of the Day: Burdock

( Arctium lappa )

Burdock is a common wayside plant with large leaves and purple flowers. The root is used combined with yellow dock and sarsaparilla to treat eczema. Today, some practitioners use it to treat urinary tract infections, arthritic conditions, external wounds and skin ulcers.
Burdock got its name from its tenacious burrs and dock, the Old English word for plant. The root has brown bark and a white spongy interior that hardens when it is dried. Laboratory trials indicate that burdock has possible antitumor activity.
Burdock is available as dried powder, slices of root, and tinctures, also you can find the fresh root in vegetable sections of health food stores.
Precautions are: if you are pregnant you should only take under supervision healthcare practitioner.Do not give to children under 2 years of age. Older people over 65, and older children should start with lower strength does. Side effects are stomach discomfort to some people.
Aids with: Fungal and bacterial infections, skin disorders, eczema, psoriasis, urinary tract infections, rheumatism, arthritis, wounds,.
Properties: blood cleanser, alterative, diuretic, lymphatic cleanser.


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