Burdock is a root that is found in Europe in Asia. It has many medicinal qualities and has been used in many herbal remedies. The root is sweet to the taste and has a gummy consistency. Burdock root is best known as an “alterative” herb. This is a category of herbs that “alters” (hence, their name) the body’s internal environment in a beneficial way. In fact, Burdock root is one of the best alteratives there is, and has been used for centuries as a gentle blood purifier and liver cleanser. It is considered one of the best herbs for skin-related conditions, as these are often related to a congested and sluggish liver.
Burdock root has often been used to purify the blood by removing toxins that can build up in blood. Also, burdock root can be a diuretic or soothe aching joints. Burdock enhances the performance of many of the organs which purify the body and eliminate toxins or waste (like the kidneys, liver, colon, etc). This enhances overall health and helps correct disorders.
Everything your body takes in – whether it’s absorbed through the digestive system, breathed in through your lungs, or applied topically via your skin – enters your bloodstream and has to be filtered through your liver. Many of the foods we eat often contain toxic substances such as pesticides, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Added on top of this are all of the other toxins you may be exposed to every day: car fumes, prescription medications, body care products, cleaning products, alcohol… the list is almost endless.
Your liver has to continuously detoxify and filter all of these poisonous substances so that they don’t accumulate in your body. That’s why it’s so important to support the liver, otherwise it can get overwhelmed and unable to properly remove all of the toxins from our bloodstream (called toxemia). If that happens, you can start experiencing any number of health complaints, especially skin conditions like acne, or a worsening of eczema and psoriasis.
Burdock root supports your liver by promoting the production of bile, important for the healthy metabolism of fats and removal of fat-soluble toxins. Burdock also provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that can help reduce liver damage from toxic chemicals.
- burdock root interferes with iron absorption when taken internally.
- because of its diuretic actions, burdock should not be taken during pregnancy or lactation.
- burdock has been shown to interact with hypoglycemic drugs, anti-inflammatory medications and lithium therapy.