Burdock (Niu Bang Zi)

How about a herb that could help with measles, detoxify your blood, lymphatic system and skin? How about it, may you ask!

Burdock, native Chinese herb, has been known to many different cultures for thousands of years for its ability to purify blood, cool internal heat, act as an anti-inflammatory agent and provide antibacterial effects on the human body. Recent studies also show that burdock contains antioxidants.

Medicinally the burdock root, leaf and seed are quite different. When it comes to burdock, it usually means the seed since it is the main medicinal part in traditional Chinese medicine. Burdock root can be eaten as a vegetable. You can also cook it as a tea, just like dandelion.

Traditionally it is used for inducing sweat to relieve exterior syndromes (including measles), acne, wind-heat cold, cough with excessive phlegm, measles, rubella, sore throat, mumps, erysipelas, boils, and so on. Modern research has found that it could be used for prevention and treatment of diabetic nephropathy too. What’s more, the arctigenin (ATG), produced through the hydrolysis of arctiin found in burdock fruit, is newly found with anticancer activity.

Burdock contains inulin used to promote bowel movements, lower cholesterol, and reduce the accumulation of toxins and waste in the body. Also, it is able to prevent and treat stroke, gastric cancer, and uterine cancer.

Western medicine recommends it in the food therapy for constipation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

  • It cures measles since it is a detoxifying plant, heals skin.
  • It is good at treating pharyngitis as it can moisten lung and help resolve phlegm.
  • It is good for healing wounds and swelling.
  • Purifies blood
  • Strengthen Lymphatic system
  • Natural diuretic
  • Defends against diabetes (because of the inulin properties)

(source:Materia Medica)





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