Information on Burdock

Latin NameArctium lappaphoto
Other NamesGobo
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTinctures, bulk herb, powder, fresh root, capsules, tablets.
AffectsDigestive system, Immune system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA large-leaved stout weedy biennial with spiny burr-like fruiting heads and purple flowers. Common throughout Europe and the eastern U.S. and Rockies.
DescriptionBurdock is a stimulating (as well as a nutritive) tonic and is often recommended as a cleansing herb. It is considered a blood purifier and is used for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin problems and for liver stagnation and difficulty with fat digestion. It is indicated for rheumatism, arthritis, gout, cystitis, and anorexia nervosa. Recent research has shown it to be antimutagenic, perhaps acting as a cancer protector. Antimicrobial and antitumor properties have also been reported.
You can use burdock as a nutritive food. Add 1 teaspoon of the sliced root (found in many markets) to soups and stews.

Burdock (Gobo) has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of COOLING, WARM.


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

Ailments Treated by Burdock

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Acneblood purifiercapsules, tablets, tincture, tea
Pimplesblood purifiercapsules, tablets, tincture, tea
Arthritisheat relievertea, tincture, capsule, tablet
Boilsblood purifiertincture, tea, capsule
Carbunclesblood purifiertincture, tea, tablet, capsule
Cradle capanti-inflammatorytea externally as a wash
Eczemaliver coolanttincture, tea, tablet, capsule
Liver, stimulantliver stimulanttincture, tea, capsule, tablet
Poisoningblood cleansertincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Septicemiablood cleansertincture, tea, capsule


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