animal studies done using burdock root show promising benefits in
treating diabetes, cancer and hepatitis.
has a long history of use. Animal studies report several benefits of
using the herbal preparation. However, there are no clinical studies
done in humans so we cannot be sure of these benefits would apply if we
were to take this herb.
/ Liver Protection
Burdock root is suggested to be a blood
cleanser. It can help to protect the liver and kidney and assist in the detoxification process of the body.
Anecdotal reports suggest apply a
solution containing extracts of the roots may be used to treat acne
Benefits and Traditional Uses
and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
is a plant native to northern Asia, Europe and North America. The root
part can be eaten and is safe.
What research studies are done on using burdock
studies are done on animals
such as rats and dogs. The results are promising in using this herb to
treat cancer of the liver, lower blood sugar levels in diabetics
reducing inflammation in the paws of dogs.
One study done in mice showed that it can protect the liver from the
toxic effects of an overdose in acetaminophen (Tylenol).
What are some common side effects from taking
There are some
minor side effects
reported from using the tea extracts. These include blurred vision,
dry mouth, fatigue and slow heart rate.
However, experts believe that these side effects were from contaminated
harvest and not from the herb itself.
What are some possible interactions and dangers?
studies show that this herb
may increase bleeding risk.
In theory, because it may show diuretic
effects, a person may loose an excessive amount of water and may suffer
from mild dehydration.
to Take It
The effective dose to use in human is unknown. Suggested dosages are
listed below as suggested by herbalists.
Take 2 to 6 grams in a decoction
boiled for 10 minutes. Drink up to three times daily.
Pills: Take 300 to 500 mg up to three times daily.
(1:1) - Take 2 to 8 mL up to three times daily.
- Use 8 to 12 mL up to three times daily.
References for Burdock
Updated: March 13, 2010