Burdock (Arctium lappa) is a plant that is native to Europe and Asia, and it is also found in other parts of the world, including North America. The plant has large, triangular leaves and purple flowers, and it is known for its spiky burrs and seed-like structures. The root of the burdock plant is edible and has a robust and earthy flavour. It is often used in traditional herbal medicine to support the digestive system, detoxify the body, and for skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Other Common Names
Bardana, Beggar's Buttons, Niu Bang Zi& Thorny Burr.
Lymphatic Health & Detoxification | Skin Health | Eczema | Acne | Psoriasis
Lymphatic System Health
Burdock root supports the body's natural detoxification processes, which may include removing waste products from the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help fight infection and disease by removing toxins, waste products, and other bodily substances. It is thought that burdock root may support the function of the lymphatic system by helping to remove waste products from the body, which may help support the immune system and overall health.
There is some evidence that burdock root may have diuretic properties, which may help increase urine production and promote the excretion of toxins and other waste products through the urinary system. It is also thought to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which may help to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, including the lymphatic system. However, it is important to note that more research is needed to understand how burdock root may impact the lymphatic system.
Several small studies have been conducted on burdock root and its potential effects on the lymphatic system and other aspects of health. Although Burdock has been used for centuries by herbalists to support health, much of the research conducted was on mice or rats. One study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that burdock root extract had a protective effect on the lymphatic system in mice. The study found that Burdock helped to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the lymphatic system, and it also helped to protect against the harmful effects of radiation.
Another study published in the Journal of Natural Medicines found that burdock root extract had several potential health benefits in mice, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The study also found that Burdock had a protective effect on the liver and helped to support the immune system.
Burdock root has shown to have a number of potential effects on the lymphatic system that may support skin health and be beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. Some of the ways that burdock root may impact the lymphatic system and support skin health include:
Burdock root is believed to have a gentle detoxifying effect on the body, including the lymphatic system. It is thought to help remove toxins and waste products from the body, which may support the immune system and overall health. By supporting the function of the lymphatic system, burdock root may help improve the skin's health and appearance.
Research has shown Burdock root to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation and irritation in the skin. Inflammation is a normal immune response to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can damage the skin and contribute to various skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and dermatitis. By reducing inflammation, burdock root may help to support healthy skin.
Immune System Support
It has been suggested that Burdock root may support the immune system due to its effects on the lymphatic system. It is thought to boost the body's natural defences against infection, which helps to protect the skin and support its overall health.
Burdock root has a number of benefits for the digestive system, including supporting the liver and helping to regulate bowel movements. This keeps the overall health of the lymphatic system and the rest of the body, including the skin.
Burdock Typical Use
Dried Herb & Powder
In general, it is typically recommended to start with a low dose of burdock root and gradually increase it as needed.
As a capsule/tablet: The typical dose is 500-1,000 mg.
As a tea: The typical adult dose is 1-2 teaspoons of dried burdock root per cup of water, steeped for 10-15 minutes.
Tincture & Liquid Extract
Typical adult use of Bupleurum tincture or liquid extract is approximately 2-5mls daily in divided doses or as directed by your practitioner.
Burdock must be avoided during pregnancy & breastfeeding and is best avoided when taking certain medications.
Burdock root may cause allergic reactions in some people. If you have allergies, particularly to plants in the Asteraceae family, you may be more likely to have an allergic reaction to burdock root.
If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical medications, please consult your primary healthcare practitioner before use.
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Kim, Y. S., Kim, S. W., Kim, J. H., Kim, K. S., & Jung, H. Y. (2017). Protective effect of burdock root (Arctium lappa L.) extract on hepatic and immune systems in mice. Journal of natural medicines, 71(4), 661-670.
Kim, Y. S., Cho, Y. J., Kim, S. W., Kim, J. H., Kim, K. S., & Jung, H. Y. (2016). Protective effect of burdock root (Arctium lappa L.) extract on lymphatic system in mice. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 191, 122-129.
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