Description. Burdock Root is one of the foremost cleansing herbs, providing nourishing support for the blood, the liver, and the natural defense system. Burdock roots are an invaluable treasure of biologically active substances. The roots contain the polysaccharide inulin, essential bardan oil, proteins, vitamins A, B, C, E, P; minerals: salts of chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, zinc, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and sulfur; fatty oil, tannins, flavonoids. Burdock root has an anti-inflammatory effect, helps to eliminate toxins from the body, cleanses the blood, and normalizes metabolic processes and the activity of the gastrointestinal tract. In patients with arthritis, it effectively strengthens bone and muscle tissue, and helps to remove salts from the joints. Burdock root has powerful antioxidant properties that protect the body cells from damaging free radicals. You'll find Burdock Root in many tonic formulas and special blends designed for internal cleansing. In traditional herbal texts, Burdock Root is described as a blood purifier or an ailment that is believed to clear the bloodstream of toxins. The herb contains polyacetylenes that have both anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties. Burdock Root contains high amounts of inulin and mucilage. This may explain its soothing effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Bitter constituents in the root may also explain the traditional use of Burdock to improve digestion.
Use. Burdock roots are currently an official medicinal raw material and are recommended in the form of a decoction as a diuretic. However, in reality, the spectrum of its pharmacological action is much wider. For instance, in European countries, burdock root or extract is used to treat skin diseases and strengthen hair. Recent studies by Japanese doctors have found that burdock root delays the growth of malignant tumors. In Chinese medicine, the fresh plant and seeds are used as a diuretic for edema. It is used externally to treat eczema, boils, scrofuloderma, and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the genital organs. Traditionally, burdock root has been used for digestive problems. Burdock is a mild laxative. It also aids in the elimination of uric acid. By improving the function of many organs of elimination (liver, kidneys, bowels), many health conditions are improved. Burdock Root also has the ability to mildly lower blood sugar.