One of the most respected drinks in herbal medicine is burdock root tea. According to sources, burdock root tea, is a very effective blood cleanser or blood purifier. Cleaning the blood is great for ridding the body of infections, skin disorders and many other blood related illnesses.
According to Mark Pedersen in his book, Nutritional Herbology, “Western herbalists have long used burdock for its demulcent(a substance that soothes tissue) action both externally and internally and for is alterative(cleansing or purifying) effects on the blood and urinary system. The most popular Western use of burdock root is as a primary herb in blood purifier formulas.”
Dr. Edward E. Shook, N.D., D.C. in his work Advanced Treatise In Herbology wrote, “nature has not produced for us many herbs whose food and medicinal value equal this one. It’s ancient history as a reliable remedy for bad blood, ulcers, tumors, and many skin diseases such as what we today call eczema, psoriasis, acne, lupus, etc., to say nothing of internal disorders such as syphilis, leprosy, cancer, etc., and the modern proofs of its marvelous efficacy in the treatment of humanities most fearsome and loathsome diseases is positive proof that very few if any herbs are more virtuous or possess more curative powers.”
Dr. John Christopher, N.D., another herbalist and naturopath doctor said, “to our certain knowledge, it has cured syphilis after all other treatments had failed. For the successful treatment of chronic skin diseases, especially eczema, burdock has no equal, while for boils its quick alterative and curative effect is truly remarkable.”
Because burdock research is in its infancy, there is no single recommended minimum or maximum dose.A glass of burdock tea per day should be safe. Consult an herbalist with a background in medicine for advice about the appropriate dosage.
Warning-Burdock is considered to be safe to eat or drink like tea, but you should only buy it from reputable sellers and should never collect it in the wild. The Burdock plant resembles and is in the same plant family as belladonna nightshade plants, which are highly toxic. They often grow together.
People who should avoid burdock root include:
- Women who are pregnant, want to become pregnant, or who are breast-feeding
- Children under 18
- People with a history of allergies to plants, unless a doctor suggests otherwise
- People taking diuretics, diabetes medication, or blood thinners
People with chronic or life-threatening health conditions should ask their doctor before using burdock root.