Herbal Burdock originated in the Northern parts of Europe. Later on it traveled across to the Western part of the U.S and grew wildly along the coastline. It grows in huge clumps in the marshy and wet lands in these areas and is commonly found in the Woodlands.
Burdock is easily recognizable by the stout stem that grows almost up to 6 feet in height. They appear commonly on the roadsides and are native to Europe, from where they have spread to parts of North America. The globular flowers on the plant appear in clusters and have hooked bracts that cling.
The roots and leaves of Burdock contain bitter glycosides, flavonoids, resin and starch. The roots of the plant contain calcium, iron, chromium, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, silicon, thiamin, vitamin C and Zinc.
According to popular folklore, “Burdock can give life to the dead and kill the living.” It is dangerous to use this herb except under strict medical supervision. Irish peasants refer to this herb as the Great Herb because it is believed to have almost magical properties. Only wise men and women were allowed to administer the medicine because of its capacity to be lethal.
Uses of Burdock
Research has shown that Burdock has antibacterial, antifungal, antitumor and diuretic properties. It also shows a capacity to be hypoglycemic, so people suffering from high levels of sugar in their blood will benefit from the use of this herb. Burdock is also an effective blood purifier and it has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Since it has beneficial effects on the urinary, circulatory and digestive tracts, it is used for a number of conditions.
Burdock has also gained a reputation to detoxify the body by flushing out toxins. This also has a rejuvenating effect on the body and helps get rid of sluggishness. On the other hand, tea made of Burdock has a slightly sedative effect and is therefore used as a relaxant that helps de-stress people. It has also been proved to stimulate appetite in patients suffering from disorders like anorexia. It was also used in the olden times to cure tumors in the breast, intestine, knee, liver and uterus.
The seeds of the plant are considered to be especially beneficial for curing skin diseases like psoriasis, acne, gonorrhea, boils, canker sores and sepsis. The root of the plant is mildly laxative. Therefore it is used to cure stomach disorders and get rid of gas.
Traditionally the cleansing action of Burdock has been used to remove excess uric acid from the bloodstream, thus reducing chances of gout and kidney stones. It also has certain properties that allowed it to be used against poisonous snake bites and insect bites.
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