Information on the Common Burdock
Common burdock is one of four burdock plant species that have been introduced to North America. Together with great burdock, they are the two weedy species. Found in many areas, this has resulted in a plant with many different names.
This species of the burdock herb has also been used as a medicinal herb and goes a long way in treating several conditions. As an alterative and depurative agent, burdock is one of the most effective herbs used for cleansing the blood without the side effect of nausea. It contains 27-45% inulin as well as an abundance of iron. As a blood purifier, it is used for arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, and lumbago.
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A note about Information on the Burdock Plant
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.
Common burdock can help to reduce joint swelling and calcification deposits. It promotes kidney function and also helps remove toxins through the sweat glands. The energy is cooling; therefore, it is used for "hot" / yang conditions such as fevers, boils, sties, carbuncles, and infections.
Burdock helps metabolize carbohydrates. It is used with sassafras to soothe the hypothalamus "and aids the pituitary gland to adjust hormones and body weight" (American Health and Herbs 1997).
Preparations made from the root, leaves, and fruits of this species of burdock may be used to treat coughs, asthma, gout, and may serve as laxatives and diuretics. However, it has been listed as a poisonous plant because of its diuretic effects (Woodcock 1925).
The bristles of this burdock plant may also cause localized allergic reactions for some individuals. This species of burdock is edible; however, the root of great burdock is more commonly used as a vegetable. Although not used much as a food source, the USDA listed it as being "in reasonably constant demand as a medicinal herb".
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