WHAT IS BURDOCK? Burdock is a plant. The root is sometimes used as food. The root, leaf, and seed are used to make medicine.
People take burdock to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and “purify” their blood. It is also used to treat colds, cancer, anorexia nervosa, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, joint pain (rheumatism), gout, bladder infections, complications of syphilis, and skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. Burdock is also used for high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), and liver disease. Some people use burdock to increase sex drive.
- May Promote Normal Wound Healing
- Reduces Redness & Swelling
- Boosts Skin Health
- Promotes a Healthy Body Weight
- May Prevent Cell Proliferation
- Aids in Digestion
- Natural Diuretic for the Kidneys
- Promotes Liver Health
- Promotes Healthier Hair
- Acts as a Natural Aphrodisiac
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking burdock if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Bleeding disorders: Burdock might slow blood clotting. Taking burdock might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Burdock may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking burdock.
Diabetes: Some evidence suggests that taking burdock might lower blood sugar levels. Taking burdock might lower blood sugar levels too much in people with diabetes who are already taking medications to lower blood sugar.
Surgery: Burdock might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking it at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Burdock Root Tea
You can purchase pre-prepared burdock root tea or use dried roots you've harvested yourself.
- Small amount of dried leaf of burdock root (dried)
- 1 cups of water, boil for 5 minutes
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey to sweeten (if desired)