Burdock Root

Nature : Neutral, Taste : Bitter

Burdock Root

Burdock Root


Nature : Neutral

Taste : Bitter

Acts on Organ : Stomach, Liver

Healing Effects:

Burdock root, also known as "Poor-man's potatoes", is an important food in Japan known for it's many healing properties. Traditionally, burdock root was used in Europe, India and China to treat respiratory disorders, abscesses, joint pain, urinary problems and to overcome serious health challenges by stimulating cellular regeneration, detoxification and cleansing. The German Pharmacopoeia lists this herbal drug for treating gastrointestinal complaints, as well as joint and bone conditions. The tea is also considered to be a traditional blood purifier and diuretic. Burdock stimulates the immune system and effectively suppresses abnormal cell growth. It also keep blood sugar levels constant and reduce hyperglycemia.

Burdock contains a number of nutrients important to liver function. These include vitamins B1, B6 and B12 which are essential for the function of phase 1 liver detoxification's pathways, vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and sulphur which is essential for a number of important phase 2 liver detoxification pathways in which potent toxins created by phase 1 detoxification are neutralized. Phase 2 pathways requiring sulphur include those utilizing glutathione. Burdock also contains other substances such as arctiin which act to improve liver and gallbladder function.

As a mildly bitter-tasting herb, it increases saliva and bile secretion, which aids digestion and cleanses the liver. These qualities of burdock root tea support proper hormone balances within the body and this may explain its traditional use for treating acne, eczema, endometriosis, fibroids and psoriasis.

Burdock root and its tea also contain at least five powerful flavonoid-type antioxidants that are more powerful antioxidants than vitamin C. Its beta-carotene content is 150 times of carrot. It is highest in plant protein and calcium in all root vegetables. Burdock root tea can also be applied externally for treating skin conditions.

Burdock root tea is generally taken three to five times per day. German authorities recommend using 2.5g of finely chopped or coarsely powdered drug per cup of tea (1 teaspoon of powdered burdock root weighs approximately 2 grams). It is recommended that the tea be infused in cold water first (for up to several hours) and then boiled for up to an hour and finally passed through a strainer. This long process serves to increase the bioavailability of some of the active ingredients. As a food, this root can also be added to soups.

Clinical Application :

Acne, Allergies, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Bone and Joint Health, Breathing Disorders, Canker Sores, Celiac's Disease, Cellular Regeneration, Cleansing, Crohn's Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Colitis, Detoxifying,  Digestive Disorders, Diuretic, Diverticulitis, Eczema, Endometriosis, Fibroids,  Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Headaches, Hepatitis, Hormone Imbalances, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Joint Pain, Migraines, Poultice, PMS,  Psoriasis, Senility/Aging Conditions, Skin Disorders.


Burdock, Carrot and Celery Salad

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Other Therapeutic Use:

Braised Chicken or Pork with Burdock

- treat people with weak constitution, lack of energy, water retention, throat infection and chronic cough.

Pork Ribs and Burdock Soup

- lower internal fire excess and detoxify.

Braised Pig Large Intestine with Burdock

–treat blood in stool, haemorrhoids, and anal prolapsed.

Burdock Congee

– treat lack of appetite, constipation, throat infection and cough.

Burdock Fish Soup

– benefit spleen and stomach, treat high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease.

Pig Stomach and Burdock Soup

– treat diabetics with extreme thirst.

Burdock and Eucommia Soup

– benefit liver, strengthen kidney energy and bones, treat people after stroke.