Information on Dandelion

Latin NameTaraxacum officinalephoto
Other NamesLion's tooth
Part UsedRoot, Leaf
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, tablet, teabag, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsEndocrine system, Liver
CautionsThe root is contraindicated in cases of bile duct or intestinal blockage and gallbladder inflammation.
Botanical InfoA common plant of the Aster family with single flowering heads full of bright yellow strap-shaped flowers on hollow, unbranched stalks with hairless, large-toothed leaves.
DescriptionDandelion root, ubiquitous in lawns and gardens, is widely-used for cooling and cleansing the liver; it is excellent in formulas for hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver toxicity. It increases the flow of bile and has been used for cholecystitis, gallstones, and jaundice. Dandelion has anti-carcinogenic, estrogen-lowering, and blood cholesterol-lowering capabilities. It also helps with headaches, emotional swings before or during menstruation, acne, red, irritated eyes, mood swings, and other problems related to "liver heat" and is a strong diuretic. In Chinese medicine dandelion root is taken internally and applied topically for abscesses and nodules. Additionally, it is used to increase lactation and clear liver heat when there are symptoms such as painfully inflamed eyes. Dandelion root tea is also a famous specific for breast cancer but should be taken in conjunction with other blood purifying herbs, such as sarsaparilla, red clover, and burdock root, as well as appropriate immune-strengthening herbal therapy and positive dietary and lifestyle changes.

Dandelion has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 1-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Dandelion

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Angerliver coolanttea, tincture, capsule, tablet
Appendicitisantibacterialtincture, tea, capsule, tablet
Cirrhosisliver cleansertincture, tablet, tea
Dysmenorrhealiver stimulanttea, tincture, capsule, tablet
Dysuriacooling diuretictea, tincture
Edema, with venous stasisdiuretictea, tincture, capsule
Eyes, inflammation--acuteliver coolanttea, tincture, tablet, capsule
Eyes, to strengthenliver coolanttincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Gallbladder problemsanti-inflammatorytincture, tea, tablet, capsule
Gallstones, mildgallbladder coolanttea, tincture, capsule, tablets
Goutliver coolanttincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Graveldiuretictincture, tea, tablet, capsule
Hangovercool and calm the livertincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Liver, enlargementcooling hepatictincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Jaundiceliver coolertea, capsules, tablets
Psoriasis, acuteliver coolanttea, tincture, tablet, capsule
Urine retentiondiuretictincture, tea, capsule


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