Burdock root is a vegetable that’s native to northern Asia and Europe, though it now grows in the United States, too. The deep roots of the burdock plant are very long and either brown or nearly black on the outside.Burdock extract has been used for centuries in holistic medicine to treat a variety of different conditions. Traditionally, it was most commonly used as a diuretic and a digestive aid.Now, researchers have discovered numerous potential uses and health benefits for burdock root. These benefits may be extensive enough to warrant using burdock root as a complementary treatment for certain conditions.
“Burdock extract is both food and medicine,” adds Moy. “In Chinese medicine, it is called Niu Bang and the seeds Niu Bang Zi are used for treating heat conditions such as fever, cough, and a sore, red swollen throat.” It’s also considered a staple food, she says, and can be found in Asian grocery stores near the parsnips and turnips.Below, I asked the experts to break down the benefits of burdock roots, the possible side effects associated with the plant, and how to use it in teas, food, and even skin care.
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1. Blood Purifier
In traditional herbal texts, burdock root is described as a “blood purifier” or “alterative” and was believed to clear the bloodstream of toxins. Burdock root has active ingredients that have been found to detoxify heavy metals from the blood, improving organ health and the health of the whole body. It also promotes blood circulation to the skin surface, which improves skin health.
2. Lymphatic System Strengthener
Burdock root helps induce lymphatic drainage and detoxification. As a natural blood cleanser, it has a wonderful effect on the lymphatic system.
3. Natural Diuretic
Diuretics stimulate the kidneys and help the body get rid of excess fluid, mainly water and sodium. Burdock root is a natural diuretic so through burdock consumption, you can naturally and easily help your body to eliminate excess water by increasing urine output.
4. Skin Healer
Scientific studies have even shown that burdock extract can even improve the clinical signs of aging skin!
5. Defend Against Diabetes
Animal studies have also shown burdock root’s ability to decrease the severity of diabetic complications, especially diabetic retinopathy.
6. Combat Cancer
European physicians of the Middle Ages and later used burdock to treat cancerous tumors (as well as skin conditions, venereal disease, and bladder and kidney problems).
7. Improves Arthritis
It is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory abilities, and it can be in important part of an arthritis diet.
8. Helps Treat an Enlarged Spleen
If you suffer from an enlarged spleen, burdock root can help. The spleen is a vital “guardian” organ that we rely on to keep the body free from infections, viruses and all kinds of dangerous pathogens.
9. Fight Tonsillitis
Burdock root can help get rid of painful tonsillitis. Acute tonsillitis is a type of inflammatory virus that causes tissues within the tonsils to become infected with harmful bacteria. Burdock root is helpful to tonsillitis because it increases wound healing, decreases inflammation, and helps to relieve coughs, sore throats and pain.
1.Applied in food field, burdock root extract is regarded as good nutrition and health of high value vegetables;
2.Applied in health product field, it can eliminate toxins, nutritional supplement, adjust the balance, suitable for many people to drink;
3.Applied in pharmaceutical field, it contains a variety of essential amino acids in higher levels, especially those with special pharmacological effects