Dandelion is an adaptogenic, edible herb high in vitamin A and is found worldwide. It’s average height is about 12-15 inches, it has oblong leaves and yellow flowers that turn into fuzzy whitish round cluster (make a wish and blow) that contains seeds in it.
Other ingredients found in dandelion (smaller amounts) are vitamin C, D, B, iron, silicon, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium.
For herbal preparations, we can use both leaves and the root.
Throughout the history, dandelion has been used for many aliments: issues with kidneys, joints, liver, gallbladder (should not be used by someone who had gallbladder stones or stomach ulcers).
It is also used to treat heartburn, constipation, for red swollen eyes, urinary tract infections and as a as a natural diuretic. DO NOT take Dandelion if you’re already taking diuretics such as spironolactone, thiazide and triamterene diuretics. It should also not be taken with Ciprofloxacin.
In Chinese Medicine, it is often used in cases when there are toxins in the blood (and liver involvement).
Chinese Herb Actions:
- Eliminates Heat and Toxins in the Blood
For any type of heat disorder, especially heat in the Liver channel with red and swollen eyes.
- Removes Abscesses and Reduces Nodules
For boils, sores, and furuncles especially if they are firm and hard as in mastitis and intestinal abscesses.
- Resolves Dampness
For jaundice, acute urinary tract infections, and hepatitis from Damp-Heat.
- Promotes Lactation
Treats insufficient milk secretion due to heat.