Burdock (Arctium Lappa)
September 12, 2016
Burdock has a long history as a culinary herb in Asian cuisine. The Japanese and Hawaiians call it gobo. It is chock full of minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, manganese, silicon, and thiamine to name a few. Hawaiians traditionally have used burdock to boost endurance and strength. Burdock has a long taproot with a mild flavor making it easy to cut into rounds and use in soups, stews and stir fries.
Burdock has been found to have high amounts of the prebiotic inulin and the mineral chromium which make it excellent for moderating sugar levels in people affected by diabetes. It also has anti-streptococcal properties which help in fighting skin infections such as carbuncles, boils, acne, sties as well as for tonsillitis and sore throat.
Oils made from Burdock have been used to help scalp and hair problems in part because of its anti-fungal properties. The oil also helps deep cracks in skin that fail to heal due to fungus.
Burdock seed pods are used to help stimulate the lymphatic system, reduce swelling, and stimulate the liver. It also reduces cell turnover in the early phases of breast cancer and alkalinizes the urine which helps gout and rheumatism.
Brought from Europe by colonists, Burdock grows easily in the US. In large doses it can cause uterine contractions and is therefore contraindicated during pregnancy.
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Video by Tierona Low Dog on the Dr. OZ show about Burdock root uses.