Burdock Root Benefits on Health
The consumption of burdock root benefits the health in many ways. Folk herbalists were convinced that burdock root worked best as a diuretic and diaphoretic.
For several hundred years now, the burdock plant and burdock root have been used for purifying and flushing toxins from the blood stream. In its capacity as a diuretic, the burdock herb and root increase the output of urine, thereby flushing out excess water.
Burdock is said to neutralize and eliminate poisons in the system, and it has been used historically as an antidote for acute poisoning.
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A note about Burdock Root Benefits on Health
Herbs are God and nature's gifts to us. While the use of herbs and herb remedies has brought excellent results for many people, do note that their health benefits may be limited when they are used in isolation. However, when combined with some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition, the impact on one's health will be greatly magnified.
In natural health and healing, we believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases. We also believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Mans understanding. It is thus a good idea to apply these fundamental health steps no matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem.
The benefits of burdock root are immense and it is the root of the burdock plant that is most often used in herbal supplements. Fresh burdock roots contain polyacetylenes, which are phytochemicals (plant chemicals) that kill some types of bacteria and fungi; burdock has been used to treat both bacterial and fungal infections, including ringworm, urinary tract infections, and acne. Its antibacterial effects may also promote wound healing and help treat ulcers.
In addition, the consumption of burdock root benefits the treatment of gastrointestinal conditions, stimulates the digestive organs and also treats various stomach ailments.
It is believed that by using burdock root liver damage can be controlled and that the liver can be protected from further damage. Burdock is also thought to promote the flow and release of bile, which not only helps in cleansing the liver, but also aids the digestive process.
The mucilage, "bitter" and inulin content in burdock help to support good digestion, as well as soothe the digestive tract and help many stomach conditions.
Burdock root oil, also known as Bur oil, is used in scalp and hair treatment. It is said to effectively improve the quality of hair, reduce dandruff, and decrease hair loss.
Somewhere down the line, burdock gained popularity for its culinary use mainly because of the macrobiotic diet, which advocated its consumption. The burdock plant contains a fair amount of gob, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, amino acids, and is also low in calories.
Burdock root harvested in the first or early in the second year contains vitamins B complex and vitamin E. Trace minerals which are present include potassium, phosphorous, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, silicon, zinc, thiamine and sodium. It provides inulin, a helpful sugar for diabetics and hypoglycemics, because it does not elicit rapid insulin production.
Dandelion and burdock is a drink that is very well known in the UK and is believed to be a galactagogue, a substance that increases lactation.
Burdock often ends up playing Cinderella when compared to more popular herbs like ginkgo, ginseng and echinacea, but researches will hopefully realize the true potential and value burdock has to offer. This will possibly prompt herbalists and botanists all over the world to understand and appreciate the various burdock root benefits on health, in particular its amazing potential in preventing, treating, and curing serious conditions like cancer and liver diseases.
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