The Burdock, also popularly known by other names such as Lampazo, Arctium lappa, is a biannual herbaceous plant of the Compositae family. It is native to Europe and can reach two meters in height, with large elongated leaves and very characteristic and identifiable violet flowers.
For its medicinal properties for home remedies, the leaves, seeds, and roots are mainly used (because they are more abundant in active principles).
Health Benefits Of Burdock Root
The Burdock root has inulin, phytosterol, and phenolic acids, among other compounds. It is known to include many health benefits such as being antiseptic, alkalizing, a laxative, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
Burdock root provides many health benefits and it:
- Is used to treat urinary infections such as cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, and nephritis or inflammation of the kidney. It favors the emission of urine and neutralizes infectious foci.
- Helps prevent the formation of stones in the kidney and once developed, in a first stage, it can favor its expulsion in the urine.
- Is very effective in treating fluid retention and edema.
- Can be a support for the treatment of diabetes mellitus but associated with plants that reinforce its action, such as Gymnema, Galega, and others.
- Is excellent to stimulate the elimination or reduction of excess urea and uric acid, in cases of mild hyperuricemia and attacks of gout.
- Is included in formulations for the long-term treatment of high blood pressure, as a natural diuretic which gives you potassium directly. It is an alternative to antihypertensive drugs that act as diuretics.
- It stimulates the production of bile and helps to whet the appetite, especially when prepared as It has been indicated in mild hepatobiliary alterations, and indigestion.
- Stands out above all as a depurative plant which will help you to combat the impurities that are reflected in your skin due to the accumulation of toxins.
- Is used extensively in the treatment of various dermatological problems, such as teenage acne, hives, eczema, abscesses, seborrheic dermatitis and as support in psoriasis.
- Is applied in topical use on wounds, skin ulcers, sores, insect bites, boils, etcetera.
- Also applies to atopic dermatitis, keratosis pilaris (bumps on the back of the arms) and ichthyosis vulgaris (scaling, drying and itching).
- Has antifungal and antibacterial properties and is very useful to combat fungal infections or dermatomycoses such as the well-known athlete’s foot, pityriasis versicolor (yeast of the genus Malassezia, present in the skin flora, with contagious potential) and candida, although with irregular success.
Burdock Precautions & Side Effects
Burdock is, in general terms, a safe plant, but when acting at the liver and kidney level, you must take into account specific precautionary measures or contraindications in its consumption:
- If you are hypertensive or suffer some cardiac pathology, before starting long-term treatment with burdock, you should consult your doctor, to avoid possible decompensation, especially if you take medication.
- Due to the presence of tannins, it is not recommended during pregnancy and the period of lactation.
- Assuming an essential contribution of potassium, remember that its consumption could potentiate the effect of cardiotonic drugs.
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