What Are the Benefits of Liquid Burdock Root?

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, burdock has been used for centuries as a treatment for several diseases and conditions. Traditionally, burdock has been eaten as a table vegetable in Japan and some regions of Europe. Today, it remains a popular component of traditional Chinese medicine and modern Western herbalism. Burdock is generally regarded as safe and associated with few side effects; however, talk to your doctor before taking liquid burdock root extract if you have a medical condition or are taking medication.

Diabetes

According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, liquid burdock root supplements may help to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. The fruit of the burdock plant has a similar effect.

Detoxification

The University of Maryland Medical Center acknowledges burdock’s traditional use as a blood purifier; folk herblaists use liquid burdock root to flush toxins from the blood stream. Burdock has a strong diuretic effect and may trigger the cleansing actions of the kidneys.. Several controversial cancer treatments, including the Hoxsey therapy and Essiac tea, use burdock as a key detoxifying ingredient.

Skin Health

When applied to the skin, liquid extracts of burdock may help to reduce acne, psoriasis and eczema. Scientific studies have not yet investigated this popular traditional use. Note that burdock root may cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.

Upper Respiratory Health

The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that burdock has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for ailments affecting the throat, nose and sinuses.

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Juniper Russo Tarascio, a natural health consultant, has been writing professionally since April 2008. Since then, she has published over 1,000 articles for both print-based and online publications. Her primary writing interests include health, pets and natural living.