Actions: diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue, hepatic, laxative, stomachic, tonic, liver tonic, bitter digestive stimulant, demulcent, prebiotic, immune-modulating, inflammation modulating
Indications: Root- Gastrointestinal, Liver. Leaf- Slow Digestion, Bladder Infections, PMS, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Indigestion, Liver Problems, Gallstones, Bile Flow Disturbances, Inflammatory Urinary Tract, Dyspepsia, Liver/Gallbladder Disorders, Gout, Rheumatic Disorders
Dandelion leaves contain potassium which is a very important mineral that can be depleted when using diuretics. S’eclairer also learned that the bitter principles found in dandelion stimulates bile and other gastric juices production to increase appetite and ease sluggish digestion and constipation. (1)
• Folk Medicine- disturbances to bile flow, urinary tract inflammation
• Traditional Chinese Medicine- acute mastitis and urinary disorders, stomach problems, appendicitis, and inflammation or lack of milk flow in the breasts
• Ayurveda- chronic ulcers, tuberculosis, flatulence, colic, kidney disease, gout, liver
Contraindications: Potential allergic reaction if also allergic to chamomile, yarrow, ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, daisies, or iodine. Avoid when taking antibiotics. Take precautions if also taking medications broken down by the liver.
How to add it into your diet?
• Use the leaves in stir fry or as you would any recipe calling for swiss chard arugula or other bitter green
• Create an infusion using dried leaves or a decoction using dried root
Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP
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(1) Balch, Phyllis A. (2012) Prescription for Herbal Healing, 2nd Edition. Avery. p. 58-59