Burdock the modern herb is a root in the shape of a carrot derived from the plant Arctium lappa (also its Latin name). This wonder herb's seed when crushed goes on to form a tincture that helps a great deal in purifying the blood and acting as a time–honored liver tonic.
The volatile oils of this herb are considered an effective diuretic helping body sweat to help in the elimination and neutralization of body toxins. This proves to be highly helpful with herbal practitioners in treating flu, gallstones, and liver issues and also helping the kidneys to sieve the bloodstream of acids. The Chinese believe this herb to be an active aphrodisiac (something that aids in treating sterility and impotency). There is also a school of thought that believes the root to be edible and its leaf being extremely good in skin breakouts.
This herb is also famously known with the following names: Arctium lappa (great burdock), Arctium Minus, Cocklebur, Gobo Root, Clot Bur, Burr Seed.
This biennial herb is also grown in Europe and China. This herb is commonly found in meadows and waste areas of the Eastern Central US, in the far south regions of Tennessee, and also in Canada. This herb is also known as Cocklebur, a prickly seeded wild plant.
In the first year of growth it grows out with large leaves resembling elephant ears with basal leaves onto the ground. During the second year of growth (generally during summer) it stems up into white, purple or pink flowers and ripens taking the form of prickly balls growing up to an inch in diameter. It is worth mentioning though, that the ripened seeds cling on to clothing and animal fur making it hard to set apart.
So let us quickly browse through the uses of this herb – the roots are said to contain polyacetylenes in other words phytochemicals that destroys certain types of fungi and bacteria namely UTIs, ringworm, and acne, not to mention the antibacterial effects that speeds up wound healing and helps treating ulcers. Chinese and Indian natural healers look up to this herb as a decongestant caused by flu, cold or fever. Studies have supported the root to be effective in cancer treatment too. Recent studies support the same revealing the presence of the chemical arctigenin this herb that does indeed help slowing down the progression of tumor growth.
In a nutshell, Burdock seems to be having some kind of remedy for almost everyone and every condition. However, it would be advisable in taking precautions with the intake of the herb, particularly for those of you with aberrant blood sugar levels. Most importantly pregnant women are advised from staying away from the herb as it is believed to bring about uterine contractions