Firstly, thanks to Rickymouse, Bluesma and others for inspiring ths thread.
The tistle Arctium (plant pictured above is Arctium Lappa Officinalis), commonly known as Burdock is of the family Asteraceae and is found all over
the world. As with many other medical herbs and herbs used in cooking, it has been spread to remote regions of the world by settlers and explorers,
eventhough it's indigenous origin is Europe. It carries a reputation of being a noxious weed, but with the right care it is useful both as herbal
medicine and in cooking.
It's one of those plants that cleanse the blood and may work wonders for some by helping the liver and kidney functions, and it bears a strong
reputation in traditional Chinese and European herbal medicine, for removing toxins and unfriendly chemicals from the body and have a good effect on
many skin conditions, like acne and all kinds of scaly skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. All of the plant is used, seeds, root and leaves,
and is administered both internally and externally.
Burdock roots are also good for cooking and can to some extent replace or work as a supplement with potatoes and carries lots of fibre. It tastes like
something in between potatoes and cellery.
Burdock root is rich in inulin (NOT insulin). From herballegacy.com (link below):
As before mentioned, it contains inulin, a carbohydrate that strengthens the liver. The high concentration of inulin and mucilage aids in the
soothing effects on the gastrointestinal tract. The high concentration of inulin is helpful for individuals that are afflicted with diabetes and
hypoglycemia as it provides helpful sugar that does not provoke rapid insulin production. Inulin, which is very high in Burdock, is a resinoid or
camphor-like hydrocarbon that is aromatic, stimulant, expectorant, tonic, stomachic, and antiseptic.
Burdock Root contains polyacetylenes that gives the herb its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is used as a mild laxative that aids in the
elimination of uric acid or gout. It is classified as an alterative, diuretic and diaphoretic. It helps the kidneys to filter out impurities from the
blood very quickly. It clears congestion in respiratory, lymphatic, urinary and circulatory systems. Burdock releases water retention, stimulates
digestion, aids kidney, liver and gallbladder function. It also functions as an aperient, depurative, and antiscorbutic.
Side note: George de Mestral, the inventor of velcro, received an eureka moment after burdock burrs got stuck to his dog’s fur. He put the burr
under a microscope and velcro saw light of day soon after. In Norwegian we even call velcro 'borrelås' lit. 'burr-lock'.
Burdock may damage the foetus during pregnancy, so it's a nono during pregnancy and while breastfeeding your baby. Also, if you
have problems with ulcers, reflux or irritable bowels, burdock may worsen these conditions .
Like with all herbs, research the plants thoroughly and if you are in doubt, consult your GP before using it.
Burdock at Witchipedia
edit on 12-3-2014 by Utnapisjtim
because: Added rickymouse
edit on 12-3-2014 by Utnapisjtim because: Kinky kidneys haha