Burdock

Burdock, native to Europe and northern Asia, has naturalized in the US.

This root vegetable, Arctium lappa, is traditionally used for ailments and promoting urination.

What is burdock root good for?

Burdock root extract and its chemical constituents have been associated with:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Exhibiting liver-protective properties

Historically, various parts of the burdock plant, including the fruits, seeds, roots, and leaves, have been utilized. Usually into extracts or teas to treat numerous conditions. These could include colds, gout, rheumatism, digestive issues. 

These remedies were believed to: 

  • Encourage urination 
  • Enhance perspiration
  • Aid in digestion

Additionally, burdock has been praised for the ability to boost libido and address different skin conditions. 

In Asian cuisine, burdock root is a common ingredient. It is sold both as a food item and a dietary supplement.

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