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Biological Name: Taraxaci mongolici, Taraxacum officinaledandelion

Family: Compositae

Other Names: Pu gong ying, Blowball, dandelion, cankerwort, wild endive, lion’s tooth, white endive, priest’s crown, swine snout, puffball

Elements Applied: Plant’s root and leaves are commonly applied in herbal medicine

Active Components: The main components which give Dandelion its healing power for the gastro-intestinal conditions and liver disorders are bitter elements. Though earlier named taraxacin, these components belong to germacranolide and eudesmanolide varieties, called sesquiterpene lactones, and are found in dandelion only. Dandelion is characterized by high concentration of minerals and vitamins. The leaves are particularly rich in vitamin A, and also contain vitamins B, vitamin C, and vitamin D, as well as manganese, zinc, magnesium, silicon, and iron.

The leaves contain potassium in abundance, due to which fact they are applied to induce urination. Dandelion is thus the unique herb which contains potassium in pure form, and thus produces a diuretic effect, though this effect differs slightly from chemical alternatives. Bitter principles found in plant’s root can help fight constipation and increase metabolic rates. They are also potent of inducing bile movement from the gallbladder to other digestive organs. Due to this fact dandelion is an essential remedy for people with heavy alcoholic history and those who have feeble liver due to low-nutritional diet. Moreover, sufficient bile movement also assists the body in evacuating excess cholesterol and fats from the organism.

History: Dandelion has always been applied in human meals. While the leaves were added to teas and salads, the root was drunk as a coffee alternative.

Dandelion roots and leaves have generally been applied for gallbladder, liver and kidney problems, while also serving in joint pains. Some nations value dandelion as a strong blood cleansing remedy, for which aim it’s applied in treating cancer and eczema.

One of its historical applications also lies in treating indigestion, hepatitis and other liver conditions, as well as water retention.

Used For: The herb is known to be beneficial for liver conditions, stomach disorders, and kidney problems. It can induce urination, stimulate the organism, and treat constipation. The leaves are particularly useful in water retention, pregnancy maintenance, heartburn and indigestion, constipation. The root is used to maintain pregnancy, liver functionality, treat indigestion and heartburn, constipation, and alcoholism consequences.

Dandelion is primarily applied with two intentions: to induce bile production and movement, and to flush away excess liquid from the organism. The root is potent of regulating any type of body discharge. It’s stimulative and energizing property is used from cleansing the system from poisons and toxic substances. It boosts urinary tract activity in liver conditions sufferers. It also works well on constipation. Dandelion is an effective medicine for eczema, scrofula, scurvy, skin conditions and scurvy, as well as jaundice. Additionally employed in fevers, intestine inflammations, dropsy, diabetes, and kidney dysfunction.

Dandelion is highly useful for female reproductive system. Helps induce normal activity of spleen, pancreas, and liver, particularly in case of enlarged spleen and liver.

Dandelion tea is prescribed for hypochondria, insomnia, fevers, and dyspepsia with constipation. Fresh root in form of infusion is applied for liver conditions like jaundice, and gallstones.

Dandelion has a wide range of applications in Chinese medicine. It is primarily applied for liver diseases and toxic substances in blood. The range of conditions it is employed in includes firm breast sores, abscesses, urinary infections, eye swellings, hepatitis, and jaundice. It is believed to induce sufficient lactation.

Additional Info: Dandelion is found everywhere across the globe. It is relative to chicory and belongs to perennials. The stem commonly reaches a height of 12 inches. The flowers are yellow-colored.

Dandelion is specifically raised in Europe and the US. Its root and leaves are applied in herbal medicine.

Preparation and Intake: To improve digestive tract functionality and stimulate gallbladder and liver activity, dried root extract or root tincture are applied in respective quantities of 3-5 grams or 5-10 ml thrice a day. According to some herbalists alcoholic tincture is better for application, as bitter components are better saved in alcohol.

To induce urination and increase appetite, prepare a decoction: take 4-10 grams of dried leaf extract and fill it up with a cup of boiling water; or use fresh plant juice in a quantity of 5-10 ml, or leaf tincture in a quantity of 2-5 ml, thrice a day.

Fresh juice is the best choice.

To treat aching joints, gout, and recurrent rheumatism, take an eight-week course of dandelion.

The herb is medicinally potent before blossoming; the leaves can be gathered in the flowering period as well, while the root is applicable only in autumn.

For an infusion take 2 teaspoons of leaves or root and infuse them in a cup of boiling water. Used in a quantity of half to one cup a day, cold or warm.

For a decoction, take 4 ounces of fresh leaves for two pints of water, boil it till the amount of water reaches one pint, and then filter the result. Used in a quantity of three tablespoons six times per day.

To prepare a cold extract, take two teaspoons of plant extract for a cup of cold water and infuse for eight hours.

Juice is best taken in spring in a dose of one teaspoon thrice a day. To get the fresh juice use the juicer.

Safety: Exercise care when using dandelion root and leaves if you have gallstones. Moreover, dandelion is contraindicated in case of bile pass obstruction. If you suffer from gastritis or stomach ulcer, be careful when using dandelion, as it may trigger excessive stomach acid production.

Before using dandelion for liquid retention in the organism, speak to a specialized health-care provider. Individuals who use the leaves should constantly check potassium concentration in the organism.

Some people have allergy to the milky substance in leaves and stem of dandelion.