Dandelion root and the liver

Native to Eurasia and the Americas, the dandelion is a very common plant found in temperate regions around the world. Although many consider the dandelion to be a troublesome weed, its parts are in fact medicinally beneficial. The dandelion rootin particular is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The root, which isthick and dark brown while light and milky on the inside, is commonly prepared dried, ground, and then served as tea, or taken orally using capsules.

Named scientifically as Taraxacumofficinale, the common names for dandelion also include lion’s tooth, priest’s crown, cankerwort, and swine’s snout in English. In Pinyin, the dandelion is called pu gong ying.

Dandelion root is most useful to people who suffer from liver ailments. It also relieves those who with digestive problems such as dyspepsia, constipation and indigestion.

The dandelion root offers countless good effects while not having any known side effects. Listed below are the various known benefits of the dandelion root:

  • Detoxifies liver

  • Stimulates bile production

  • Treats liver ailments

  • Treats gallstones

  • Soothes upset stomach

  • Treats dyspepsia

  • Helps with acid indigestion

  • Offers relief from constipation

  • Acts as digestive bitter

  • Treats jaundice

  • Offers relief from piles

  • Acts as demulcent

  • Prevents heartburn

  • Acts as anti-tumor

  • Helps in removal of excess water (dropsy)

  • Dissolves kidney stones

  • Prevents diabetes mellitus

  • Purifies blood

  • Soothes acne, eczema and other skin eruptions

  • Acts as anti-inflammatory

Primarily, the dandelion root is most beneficial to the liver. Being a digestive bitter, it helps stimulate the production of bile in the gallbladder, which aids in the emulsification of bodily fats. The dandelion root thus helps in detoxification, as the bile it produces prevents the deterioration of the liver resulting fromexcessive consumption of fat and alcohol.

In addition, dandelion root is also a natural diuretic, meaning that it encourages water loss resulting in the elimination of waste and excess minerals through urination. This can help in water weight loss especially for people affected with dropsy or edema.

The dandelion root is rich with vitamins A, C, D and iron. Due its high nutritional content, this herb is an effective antioxidant that blocks the effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are potentially damaging to cells, and may cause cancer. Natural antioxidants found in the dandelion root prevent these cancer-causing molecules.

Considering its benefits and the fact that it has no known precautions, dandelion root is truly a safe and helpful medicinal herb for people who wish to take extra care of their liver.

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