Today, this ancient healing herb is often associated with the sugar-packed dandelion and burdock drink – which certainly has its distinctive flavour but unfortunately none of the healing benefits!
As well as its unique flavour, Burdock root (also known as Arctium lappa) has a long history of use in traditional medicine. Native to Europe and Asia, Burdock Root has been used as a natural remedy for centuries.
Modern research suggests it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and it is being investigated for use in all sorts of conditions ranging from acne to cancer – with promising results.
We most often recommend Burdock as a detoxifier. Damage caused by an unhealthy diet, alcohol and so on can accumulate in the body and cause a myriad of diseases. Burdock is great for cleaning out your system.
Modern science has confirmed Burdock’s detoxifying properties by showing how it supports liver health. It is thought to help the liver remove toxic substances from the body. It may also help to reduce liver inflammation and general liver function.
Burdock is also thought to have prebiotic properties, helping beneficial bacteria to grow in the gut. Microflora health has been recently discovered to be one of the most important areas of medical research – the millions of organisms inside us help us in far more ways than most people realise ( digestion, immunity, brain health and more).