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Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH COMMON NAME:Standard: Burdock Root Other Names: Arctium lappa, great burdock, gobo, goboshi BACKGROUND:Burdock has been an important botanical in Indigenous, Western folk herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, primarily valued for its cleansing and skin smoothing properties. The entire plant is edible and is a popular vegetable in Asia, particularly in Japan. More recently, burdock has been used as an ingredient in hair tonics and in cosmetics for mature skin. This plant can grow to a very robust height, reaching up to 9 feet, and its aromatic "carrot-like" taproot can grow as much as 3 feet deep into the ground (making them difficult to harvest). It is naturalized and abundant in northern U.S and Europe and is considered a weed in such areas. PART(S) USED:Root OVERVIEW:Burdock is considered by many herbalists to be the best known medicinal for skin conditions (Hoffman, Moore). This herb is highly effective, gentle, and multipurpose. It promotes the flow of bile and also increases circulation to the skin. Traditional uses include using as a diuretic, to induce sweating, as an alterative to help remove accumulated waste products via the kidneys, skin and mucus membranes, to help alleviate the pain associated with rheumatism. PREPARATIONS:Place dried root in 150 ml water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Dose: Adults 1.2 - 18 Grams per day, dried root. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:For occasional use only. Do not use if you are pregnant or are allergic to plants of the Asteraceae/Compositae/Daisy family. Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen, if you are breastfeeding, or have diabetes. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=51&lang=eng