Botanical: Taraxacum officinale (WEBER)
Family: N.O. Compositae
---Synonyms---Priest's Crown. Swine's Snout.
---Parts Used---Root, leaves.
The German Commission E
monograph found that Dandelion was effective for disturbances in bile
flow, as a
diuretic, for loss of appetite, and for dyspeptic problems.
The American Botanical
Council has provided an article summarizing the supported uses of
Dandelion. Dandelion root is generally considered to have
diuretic, choleretic, tonic and laxative properties, among others. The herb is used
for appetite and dyspeptic disorders, such as abdominal fullness and
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
in his book,
Scientific Basis of Herbal Medicine states that Dandelion root “acts primarily by
purifying the blood, i.e., by straining and filtering toxins and wastes
from the bloodstream. Since a healthy liver is required to provide
effective blood detoxification, it is important to note a study that
demonstrated a liver-healing property in Dandelion, which showed that in
human patients, the herb uniformly remedies chronic liver congestion
(citation to study).
Feather Jones, a clinical
herbalist, in her book, Medicinal Herb Handbook, states that “this is our best
diuretic because it doesn’t
deplete potassium, it is good for kidney inflammations. This ‘spring
tonic’ has blood cleansing effects.”
Elements of Health, describes Dandelion as a “bitter herb that
cleanses the bloodstream and liver and increases the production of bile.
Used as a diuretic, improves function of the pancreas, spleen, stomach,
prominent herbalist, David Litell, described its primary uses to detoxify
the body, and to treat flatulence.
A prominent herbalist, Joanne Snow, explained that Dandelion acts as a
tonic and as a diuretic.
FDA has not objected to the
following claims for Dandelion; “herb for kidney health”; “herb for liver
health”; “supports normal liver function”; “promotes liver health”; and
“used to enhance digestion, and support liver and gallbladder function . .
. assists the liver and gallbladder”. FDA has declared that Dandelion is
GRAS (generally recognized as safe).
More about Dandelion by
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
Dandelion Root Taraxaci
radix (Taraxacum Officinale)
Bile duct, bile, bilirubin, bitter,
diuretic, fructose, gallbladder, glands, kidney, liver,
Daniel B. Mowrey, PhD. Herbal Tonic Therapy.
Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations by R.
C. Wren, F. L. S.
British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1983.
British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1990.
British Herbal Compendium Volume 1.
diuretic. It is a general
stimulant to the system but especially to the urinary organs and is
chiefly used for kidney and liver support. Dandelion is used also in many
products. Dandelion is used as a bitter tonic. It has a good effect in
increasing appetite and promoting digestion.
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