BURDOCK ROOT

Alkaline Herb Healing

What is Burdock Root?

Arctium lappa otherwise known as Burdock root is native to Northern Asia and Europe. It is related to sunflowers and daisies. Burdock Root has been used to holistic medicine to provide digestive health. It contains powerful antioxidants, including luteolin, and phenolic acids and quercetin. It is the dark root from the Burdock Plant that has amazing effects. [1]

Burdock Root contains trace amounts of all 102 minerals that comprise the body. 

Digestive System

Burdock root is a diuretic, it helps remove water from the body for those people who retain more water.

Blood and Body

In a study in 2014 Burdock Root was found to reduce inflammatory markers in patients with osteoarthritis. In 2011 they proved that it can effectively remove toxins from the blood and improve circulation. There are multiple studies that show that Burdock Root significantly interferes with cancer cell growth. Healers commonly use the root to cure the flu and sore throat amongst other ailments. It effectively kills biofilms, which are large colonies of bacteria that directly contribute to urinary tract infections. The antibiofilm agents will ultimately serve as armor, facilitating the host’s immune system to fight infections.

Burdock root is also called an aphrodisiac, it increases sexual function and sexual behavior. [2]

 

 

Skin Repair

It is known to treat skin conditions like acne and psoriasis and eczema when applied topically. Burdock root has amazing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. the root can also help treat topical burns.

Safe Use: 

Burdock is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin for up to 4 weeks. Burdock may cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to certain flowers and herbs. When applied directly to the skin, it can cause a rash. 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. [3]

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