Although most people think of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, the plant has long been used in herbal medicine to aid in digestion and help stimulate appetite. The entire dandelion plant from root to blossom is edible with a slightly bitter, chicory-like taste.
The root itself is sometimes roasted to create caffeine-free dandelion coffee. When used for medicine, the dried or fresh root can be made into teas, tinctures, decoctions (infusions), and poultices. Dandelion root is also available over the counter in capsule form.
In traditional Chinese and Native American medicine, dandelion root has long been used to treat stomach and liver conditions. Herbalists today believe that it can aid in the treatment of many ailments, including acne, eczema, high cholesterol, heartburn, gastrointestinal disorders and diabetes. Some of the claims are better supported by research than others.
- Choleretic (Increases bile flow)
- Liver enzyme induction
4-10ml 3x daily in a small amount of water/juice
Although generally considered safe in pregnancy we would recommend not using herbal medicine in pregnancy.
It is recommended that dandelion root not be used by people with obstruction of the bile ducts or other serious diseases of the gall bladder.
Dandelion is considered safe. Avoid in patients with hypersensitivity/allergy to dandelion and other members of the the Asteraceae family.
Diuretics: May increase the effect of diuretics
Quinolone antibiotics : Dandelion may reduce absorption of quinolone antibiotics. It is recommend to avoid using dandelion and quinolone antibiotics at the same time.
*Our naturopath will consult with you to ensure this is right for you.
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