Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Arctium Lappa (Burdock)

Burdock is what is considered an 'alterative' in the botanical world.
Alteratives are herbs that restore proper functioning of the body and increase overall health and wellness. Although that may seem fairly vague, it is true that alteratives seem to improve all the body functions from nutrition to elimination.
Part of its action is related to bitter stimulation of digestive juices so it helps with digestion and appetite - it is often used in Japanese cooking. It also has been used to support kidney function.

Alteratives can be used safely in a variety of conditions as supportive treatment. They are espcially helpful in chronic skin diseases and a wide range of autoimmune processes.

Make a tea out of the root - 1 tsp into 1 cup of water, bring to a boil and summer for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink this 3 times a day.

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