Scientific Name: Arctium lappa

Family: Asteraceae family, which also includes asters and daisies.

Health Benefits of Burdock:

  • An amazing herb to use for detoxification because it supports the liver and kidney the main organ for detoxification. In addition burdock also enhances the lymphatic drainage.
  • Destroys impurities of the blood such as harmful bacteria and yeast.
  • Has a cooling effect on body temperature. It is said to be especially effective in helping to reduce fever, it is also used for sore throats and mouth sores.
  • Has a hormone-balancing qualities that are useful for the treatment of PMS and relieving menopausal symptoms. In addition, its hormone-balancing properties may be beneficial for hormone-dependent cancers.
  • Help improve digestion and elimination. In this case it is advisable to take burdock with meals.
  • Help improve glucose tolerance.

Plant: Burdock is often considered a weed – it can grow to over 5 feet high, with leaves over a foot long.

Components: Burdock root contains many different constituents including inulin, phytosterols, polyacetylenes, arctic acid, volatile acids, tannins, vitamin A, iron, calcium, sodium, and other minerals.

Part Used: All parts of the burdock plant can be used for medicinal purposes, although the roots are most commonly used. Often the roots or the leaves are made into a tea, but extracts can also be also prepared.

Available Form: Fresh or dried roots, capsule, tincture, fluid extract, and tea. Topical preparations of burdock are also used for skin problems (such as eczema) and wounds.


  • Pregnant or nursing women should avoid burdock as it may cause damage to the fetus.
  • Burdock lowers blood sugar and is unsafe for diabetics on medication. Use burdock sparingly. Large amounts may be unsafe.
  • Those who have chronic diarrhea should start with a low dosage at first, as burdock stimulates the digestive organs. In some people, prolonged use of burdock seed can cause urinary tract irritation.

“This post was originally published on May 22, 2012 @13:35”

Health Benefits of Burdock
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