Burdock Root
Botanical name: Arctium lappa
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Burdock Root

Burdock is one of the foremost detoxifying herbs in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine. 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.

The dried root It is often used in chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It is a diuretic (promotes urination, thereby cleansing toxins from the body), as well as a fast acting blood-cleanser.  For these reasons, it is one of the four herbs in the Essiac formula, which is a well-known herbal cancer treatment. As a bitter, it stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, especially bile, promoting healthy digestion and appetite. For this reason, it has been used for anorexia, indigestion and other digestive disorders.

The root is thought to be particularly good at helping to eliminate heavy metals from the body. The plant is antibacterial, antifungal, carminative. It has soothing, mucilaginous properties and is said to be one of the most certain cures for many types of skin diseases, burns, bruises etc. It is used in the treatment of herpes, eczema, acne, impetigo, ringworm, boils, bites etc. The plant can be taken internally as an infusion, or used externally as a wash.

Burdock is easily obtainable as an ingredient in teas, ointments, or pills. It is safe to be taken internally, externally, or as food. However, it is important to make sure that the herb is pure. Some reports have indicated that burdock could have toxic properties, since cases of illness were reported that involved burdock tea. However, further analysis showed that the negative effects were the result of impure burdock root. Some belladonna, which contains atropine, had contaminated the burdock root. It is important to look at the source and purity of burdock root before obtaining it.

>Did you know - burdock seeds inspired the inventor of velcro after he found them stuck to his dog!


Precautions / Contraindications: 

Burdock might slow blood clotting. Taking burdock along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

plants for a future 1996-2010 Arctium lappa - L http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Arctium+lappa
David Hoffman (2003), Medical Herbalism, pp 528-529
Isabel Shipard (2007), How can I use Herbs in my daily life?

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Submitted by iseczemacontagi... (not verified) on

This is the first time that I read about this herb - Burdock. This is even the first time that I see the herbs image. This will now be included into my list for treating eczema. I will be looking forward to read your post related to Burdock.

Submitted by Niall on

Glad that you find the information useful :)
Our shops also stock a nettle spagyric which some people have found quite useful for their eczema.

Submitted by ros (not verified) on

enjoyed reading this i have burdock root in the garden do you have any information on
how to use it
how to cook with it
thank you

Submitted by Amelia on

Hi, wow, you are lucky to have such a wonderful medicinal herb growing in your garden! Fresh Burdock root can be boiled, or steamed, added to soups and stews, or stir-fried. It is used in a variety of Japanese dishes.The young green shoots can be added to salads, or you could of course use the leaves to make a very fresh, potassium rich, purifying herbal tea! Enjoy.