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The burdock root has deep roots in traditional medicine and Asian cuisine. The entire plant is edible and is a popular vegetable in Japan. It is also an antioxidant powerhouse.
Burdock, or Arctium lappa, is a member of the Asteraceae family that is also home to daisies and sunflowers. Burdock tea has been used over the centuries as a medicinal herb. Here are some burdock root properties that have been studied according to www.verywellfit.com:
- Soothing a cough and cold: Burdock root tea has traditionally been used as a decongestant and expectorant for colds and cough. While the science is limited on this, burdock does contain vitamin C, which is shown to support the immune system; some research has also shown that it has antibacterial properties.
- Improving liver health: Burdock root has been used to detoxify the liver and body for centuries. A 2002 study of rats found the herb can help reverse liver damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption, though a direct correlation to results in humans cannot necessarily be made.
- Prevention of cell damage: Burdock root contains the antioxidants quercetin and luteolin, which have properties that may help prevent cancer cells from growing and mutating. A 2011 study found free radicals in burdock root may stop certain cancers from spreading in a laboratory. However, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center warns there is insufficient evidence to support burdock's use in treating or preventing cancer.
- Reducing blood pressure: Burdock root tea contains potassium, which may help to lower blood pressure and open blood vessels to improve blood flow.
- Easing aches and pains: The burdock plant is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. A 2014 study found drinking burdock tea lowers certain inflammatory markers in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Pregnant or nursing women should avoid burdock as it may cause damage to the fetus.
If you are sensitive to daisies, chrysanthemums, or ragweed, you may experience an allergic reaction to burdock, including dermatitis.
People who are dehydrated should not take burdock because the herb's diuretic effects could make dehydration worse.
There are no known scientific reports of interactions between burdock and conventional medications. However, you should talk to your doctor before taking burdock if you take:
- Diuretics (water pills): Burdock could make the effects of these drugs stronger, causing you to become dehydrated.
- Medications for diabetes: Burdock might lower blood sugar, resulting in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
- Blood-thinning medications: Burdock might slow blood clotting, and when taken with blood-thinning medications, may increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Sprinkle the earthy root in soups, stews, eggs, pasta, rice dishes, and bone broth.
Botanical Name:Arctium lappa
Origin:China - Burdock is widely cultivated across China, Europe, and North America.