Burdock root grows worldwide and has been used as a holistic medicine for centuries, detoxifying the body and expanding the creative mind. The root is eaten in Japan and parts of Europe as a vegetable and used along side its leaves and seeds as medicine.
The roots main pharmaceutical action comes from its ability to eliminate toxins from the body. It maintains a long history in folk medicine as a blood purifier, diaphoretic (Increases sweating) and a diuretic.
Diuretic’s stimulate the kidneys and help the body get rid of excess fluid, mainly water and sodium. Burdock root is reputed to reduce excessive levels of uric acid in the blood and deter formulation of monosodium urate crystals – two characteristics of “rich mans disease” or gout.
Known as a natural blood cleanser, Burdock helps induce lymphatic drainage and detoxification. It’s believed to clear the blood of toxins and contains many active ingredients found to remove heavy metals.
Traditionally the root has been used as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and for it’s anti-cancer benefits.
Helpful Compounds Found In Burdock Root
- Arctigenin (Potential anti-cancer compound)
- Caffeoylquinic acid and Lignans (Acts as an antioxidant)
- Polyacetylenes (Which may have antibiotic like effects)
- Volatile oils including Sesquiterpene Lactones
Who want’s nicer skin?
Due to Burdock roots anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects its been shown to reduce acne and eczema. The root promotes blood flow to the surface of the skin and collagen synthesis, which is the stuff that keeps your skin looking tight and youthful.
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