Burdock - Useful Natural Medicine for Human

Burdock
One of the most respected herbs in Western Herbology is the herb burdock root. Certainly burdock root, as attested to by many natural practitioners, is a most efficient blood cleanser or blood purifier. It’s really beneficial to make a tea out of the root & to drink 2-3 cups per day to help purify the blood, particularly in cases of any type of infection or skin disorder. For without clean & pure blood it is impossible to have good health. The plant is local to Europe & Asia but has been introduced and naturalized in all temperate parts of the world. 

Burdock is easily identifiable, especially in the fall when the burrs are out & sticking to everything that walks by. In the early spring, you will find this biennial plant as large wavy green leaves that is woolly & silvery below. The leaves can get pretty large, up to a foot wide and two feet long. Be careful to distinguish from rhubarb leaves, which are a cultivated plant, but are poisonous.

Burdock grows generally on roadsides, vacant lots and any disturbed area across North America, while Burdock is originally from Europe & Asia. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Burdock seeds of Arctium lappa which are called Niu Bang Zi & are used to clear Wind-Heat from the throat, for symptoms such as fever, cough & a sore, red, swollen throat. It’s also used to clear heat & toxicity from any red swelling, even in cases of rashes, measles & mumps. It will also moisten the intestine when constipation is present. 

In Japan, Burdock root is known as Gobo & is used in food preparation, mostly chopped, peeled into thin strips and sautéed with other root vegetables. The Kinpira Gobo is a side dish served with rice that is seasoned with mirin (a sweet rice plum used for cooking) sweetener, tamari and sometimes sesame seeds.  
Burdock has a very high amino acid profile, where is also high in minerals: one cup boiled root contains 61.2 mg calcium, 450 mg Potassium &48.8 mg Magnesium. Alternately, the roots can be brushed clean, sliced & dried to use later as tea (drying can be sped up in a dehydrator or oven set to very low temperature.) 

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