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burdock (arctiumlappa)

Burdock flowers
and roots

Burdock root oil extract is a natural treatment for dandruff and hair loss.

urdock root is of the burdock plant in the genus Arctium harvested from Greater Burdock, Arctium Lappa. It is one of the foremost cleansing herbs providing nourishment support for the blood, liver and natural defence system of the body. Plants of the genus Arctium have dark green leaves which can grow up to 71 cm long and flowers are generally available from the month of July to October. Traditionally Burdock root is described as a blood purifier and was believed to clear the bloodstream of toxins. It is found in abundance in the continent of Asia and is popular as a food among the Asian nations. The word burdock is derived from the French word, beurre which means butter and the word arctium is said to be derived from Greek.

Burdock was used as a medicine to deal with the environmental pollution during the days of industrial revolution. In medieval times, burdock was used for more serious problems, such as the treatment of syphilis and leprosy. German religious people considered burdock a valuable remedy for cancerous tumours. Historically, the seeds of the burdock plants were compressed to make a mixture that was effective in cleansing the bloodstream, easing pain from arthritis, treating gout (recurring attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis), rheumatism, ulcers, acne, eczema and psoriasis (non infectious disease that mainly effects skin). Its cancer-curing properties were also utilized in Russia and India. The Chinese used it as an aphrodisiac.

arctium lappaBurdock root has powerful ingredients to its credit which includes 27 – 45 % inulin (group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced by many types of plants), mucilage which is a thick glue substance produced by most plants and some micro organisms (up to 70% of the root is carbohydrate), 0.06-0.18% essential oil with so far 66 identified components, antibacterial polyacetylenes, bitter substances (i.e. lactones), 1.9-3.65% polyphenols including caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and other powerful flavonoid-type antioxidants, sit sterol and stigma sterol. Thus Burdock root has all the required substations that prove to be quite effective when it comes to treating incurable diseases like cancerous tumours.
Burdock is primarily a tonic and alterative herb. The cumulative effect of its use is said to bring a subtle strengthening and cleansing to the entire system. Though most of the therapeutic benefits attributed to this stately herb have not been clinically proven, burdock has been long tested in folk use and is a safe and mild herbal remedy. It promotes perspiration and the release of toxins from the body. It is helpful in clearing up such skin conditions as psoriasis and dry scaly eczema. It works best when used over a period of time. The bitter properties of burdock, particularly noticeable in the dried leaf and seed stimulate venomous secretions. It is a good digestive herb and liver remedy. Burdock has been used to treat boils, canker sores, carbuncles, measles and sties. It helps restoring friendly bacteria in the system after antibiotic use and also helps in bringing relief in cases of chronic arthritis and gout. Burdock may also help to reduce blood sugar levels.

Herbalists in other countries like America, China, India, and Russia have turned to the root of this familiar herb for a folk treatment of cancer. The burdock oil known as repeinoe maslo was used to simulate growth of new hair over a period of six to eight months. A poultice (soft moist mass heated and medicated that is spread on cloth) of the fresh leaf applied to the forehead was used to relieve headache. Shredded leaves combined with an egg white were applied to burns to speed healing process. Burdock seeds have also been used in medicinal preparations particularly to treat psoriasis and to stimulate the digestive process. In Chinese medicine, seeds were used as a treatment for feverish colds and sore throat. Burdock has been recently shown to have significant antibacterial and anti candidal activity, which helps to explain its place in folk medicine as a treatment for various infectious diseases. In addition, a team of Asian researchers reported in 2002 that burdock appears to counteract the damaging effects of alcohol on the liver.

Burdock root has been reported of various biological activities which include antipyretic, antimicrobial, antitumor, diuretic, and diaphoretic properties. Some cosmetic and toiletry type products used for skin-cleaning, antidandruff are believed to be using burdock root. US health food stores carry Iresh burdock root for sale as a food and medical food. Recently various studies have been under taken to analyze the effect of burdock root in different areas which include treatment of urolithiasis, inhibition of HIV-1 infection in vitro, inspection of rats gastrointestinal tract, platelet activating factor, effects on dietary fiber in digestion, treating streptozotocin diabetic mice and anti tumor activity.

As a dried root, burdock is given in a range of doses including 2 to 6 grams on daily basis or 2 to 6 grams of dried root in the form of a soup three times daily. Burdock is also available in form of 425 to 475 milligram capsules. As a vaccine, 8 to 12 milliliters (1:5) or 2 to 8 milliliters (1:10 in 25% alcohol) or 0.25 to 1 teaspoon (1:10 in 45% alcohol) up to three times daily is the recommended dosage. As a fluid extract (1:1 in 25% alcohols), 2 to 8 milliliters three times daily has been used. Burdock has also been used as a root tea, with 2 to 6 grams of dried burdock root in 500 milliliters of water taken three times daily or 1 cup 3 to 4 times daily. One teaspoon of dried burdock root boiled in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes (up to 3 cups daily) is also recommended.


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