Danica Collins – Managing Editor, Underground Health Reporter ™

Time to shine the spotlight on burdock root. Burdock root is an age-old herb used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Folk medicine has also used it to treat sore throats, colds, and digestive ailments.

Burdock root has the power to:

  • Purify the blood of toxins.
  • Cure chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
  • Help treat life-threatening diseases like cancer, diabetes, and AIDS.

Herbalists swear it can even inhibit the spread of cancer cells. Research rarely funds herbal treatments that can’t be patented for profit. So, there’s a lack of scientific evidence substantiating these health claims. But, thousands of years of empirical evidence attest to burdock root’s all-star health benefits.

Digestive Detox and Liver Strengthener

Burdock root is indigenous to Europe and Northern Asia. It is a bitter herb that improves digestion by triggering gastric secretions and bile production.

Produced in the liver, bile digests fats and metabolizes hormones, among other essential functions. It’s easy for the liver, which removes impurities from the blood, to become overburdened. Herbs like burdock root can help ease some stress.

burdock root controls estrogenBurdock root strengthens liver function because it is rich in inulin. Inulin is a dietary fiber proven to stimulate digestion without spiking blood sugar levels. Nor does it contribute to insulin resistance.

Inulin is also a prebiotic, which is food that healthy bacteria in your body need to thrive. Prebiotics, like inulin, help your gut flora control inflammation. This helps remove pathogens from your body.

Burdock root also contains a high concentration of plant steroids. These help the liver metabolize hormones like estrogen. As a result, burdock root reduces hormone imbalances controlled by estrogen, such as anxiety, weight gain and moodiness.

An all-around detoxifying agent, burdock root also acts as a diuretic. It facilitates the removal of toxins from the liver and through the kidneys. Eliminating acids, such as uric acid, can ease rheumatic conditions like gout and certain kinds of arthritis.

Burdock root also remedies colds and viruses. It clears congestion from your respiratory, lymphatic and circulatory systems.

Soothe Sensitive Skin

The Europeans use Bur oil (burdock root oil extract) to stimulate hair growth. This can prevent balding, improve hair strength, and fight dandruff. The fatty acids and phytosterols in burdock nurture a healthy scalp and add body and shine to limp, dry locks.

burdock root oil stimulates hair growthBurdock root is also prized for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. The herb contains two coveted antioxidants: quercetin and luteolin. Burdock root directs circulation to the skin where it helps detox the epidermal tissues. Applied topically, it’s a powerful tonic for healthy, radiant skin.

How to Use

The Japanese consider burdock root a popular vegetable in their cuisine. They eat it fresh, steamed, or sautéed. Just look for it under the name “Gobo root” in the produce section of your local grocer.

If you aren’t a fan of the flavor, buy burdock root in powder, tincture, or decoction form (brewed down in boiling water). You can even sip on steeped burdock tea, perhaps the most convenient choice!

A word of caution: herbs are powerful! They can interact with other herbs, supplements, and medications. Avoid potential side-effects and discuss adding burdock root to your health regimen with your medical practitioner.

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Danica Collins is a natural health specialist and the managing editor of the Underground Health Reporter. She is also the spokesperson for Think-Outside-the-Book Publishing, the publisher of The One-Minute Cure: The Secret to Healing Virtually All Diseases, which reveals the scientifically proven therapy that creates a condition in the body that is uninhabitable by disease. Danica reports daily to over 250,000 readers, bringing them the most popular health news on the market, new cutting-edge, anti-aging technologies, and some of the best-kept health secrets in the world.