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Dandelion - Uses and Benefits

Other Names: Blowball, Canker Wort, Irish Daisy, Leotodon taraxacum, Lion's Tooth, Puffball, Taraxacum officinale, Wild Endive.

Dandelion Herb Description:

Dandelion is a member of the sunflower family.. Dandelion is a hardy, variable perennial, that can grow to a height of nearly 12 inches. Dandelions have deeply notched, toothy, spatula-like leaves that are shiny and hairless. Its name is a corruption of the French dents de lion , meaning "Teeth of the lion." Dandelion plant is one of the most nutrient-rich in the plant kingdom. The whole plant is edible - the flowers, the leaves and the roots.

Dandelion leaf is a very powerful diuretic, its action comparable to that of the drug `Frusemide'. The usual effect of a drug stimulating the kidney function is a loss of vital potassium from the body, which aggravates any cardio-vascular problem present.

The whole plant is edible -- the flowers used to make wine, the leaves boiled like spinach or added to salads, and the roots used as a vegetable and as a coffee substitute. The herb is a source of potassium , sodium, phosphorus and iron . The leaves are a richer source of vitamin A than carrots and contain some amounts of vitamins B, C and D. Each capsule contains 460 mg dandelion.

Dosage for Dandelion:

Take two capsules with a meal twice daily.

Uses and Benefits for Dandelion:

Some of the Great Uses and Benefits of Dandelion are given as follows:

  • Dandelion herb is very safe and its benefits are many. In our high-tech world we often lose sight of the low-tech remedies that nature has provided. These are all around, but unless we know about them their virtues will be lost.
  • Both dandelion leaf and root have been used for centuries to treat liver, gall bladder, and kidney ailments, weak digestion, and rheumatism. They are also considered mildly laxative.
  • The bitter compounds in the leaves and root help stimulate digestion and are mild laxatives. They also increase bile production in the gall bladder and bile flow from the liver.
  • Dandelion has reportedly been used to eradicate warts and to soothe calluses, bee stings, or sores.
  • Dandelion is an effective treatment for liver disease, even in extreme cases such as cirrhosis. It can also benefit the pancreas, kidneys, stomach, and spleen.

Side Effect of Dandelion:

Side Effects and Warnings Dandelion has been well tolerated in a small number of available human studies. Safety of use beyond four months has not been evaluated. The most common reported adverse effect is skin allergy, eczema, or increased sun sensitivity following direct contact. According to traditional accounts, gastrointestinal symptoms may occur, including stomach discomfort, diarrhea and heartburn.

Dandelion may lower blood sugar levels based on one animal study, although another study notes no changes. Effects in humans are not known. Caution is advised in patients with diabetes or hypoglycemia, and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Serum glucose levels may need to be monitored by a healthcare professional, and medication adjustments may be necessary.

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