The entire part of the dandelion plant is used for health benefits. The leaves, root, and stem of the plant all have a bitter flavor. Dandelion supports the liver, spleen, stomach, kidney, and bladder with alterative, cholagogue, diuretic, stomachic, aperient, and tonic properties.
Dandelion is traditionally used to help support liver problems, urinary tract health concerns, skin eruptions and stomach pain. The biochemical constituents of the plant include lactupicrine (a bitter principle), tannin, mulin (a latex-like substance), polysaccharides, and carotene.
The main benefits of this great herb are exerted upon the function of the liver. Dandelion has the capacity to clear obstructions and stimulate and aid the liver to help support toxins from the blood. In this way dandelion root is particularly used as a blood purifying herb, and also partially due to its high mineral content.
The root is also can be used for clearing obstructions of the spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, bladder and kidneys. It is of tremendous benefit to the stomach and intestines. To address stomach aches, drink one-half cup of the infusion every half hour until support is attained.
In Chinese health this condition would be considered as "liver attacking spleen-pancreas," which refers to an imbalance of liver and pancreatic enzymes necessary for digestion. Thus it would seem that dandelion root helps to balance these enzymes that simultaneously benefit digestion, assimilation and elimination.
Even the most serious cases of liver complaints have experienced support, sometimes within a week, with dandelion root tea taken in cupful doses four to six times daily and a light, easily digested diet of vegetable broths and rice and mung bean porridge.
Dandelion root is considered a specific for hypoglycemia, but it may need to be combined with other tonic herbs such as ginseng and a little ginger for maximum benefit. A cup of dandelion root tea is taken three times daily along with the recommended balanced diet. Similarly, it can be used to help support healthy blood sugar levels, especially when combined with huckleberry leaf in tea.
Dandelion root helps support high blood pressure, thus aiding the action of the heart. It can also be helpful in supporting anemia by supplying necessary nutritive minerals.
The young dandelion leaves can be eaten fresh as a steamed potherb. With chicory and endive greens it provides a pleasant source of mild vegetable bitter necessary for balanced nutrition. This is especially good in the early spring, which is a time for physical housecleaning, which these plants help to accomplish.
Roasted dandelion root makes a pleasant beverage that can be consumed daily. It combines well with roasted bancha, or "kukicha" tea, or chicory root.
Dandelion leaf tea is one of the finest diuretics known. Thus dandelion leaf tea may be used to support fluid retention, nephritis and weight loss.
Chicory (Cichorium intybus) has properties similar to dandelion and can be used for similar purposes, although it has slightly more calming and blood-building properties.
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Prasanna - May 5, 2006, 20:34
what should a person take per day?
ZooScape Moderator - May 11, 2006, 14:35
The suggested dosage for Dandelion Leaf is to take 1 capsule, 3 times daily, with meals.
Dandelion is more than just a summer annoyance. It's a long-time herbal favorite for nourishing the urinary tract and the liver. Dandelion is also commonly recommended for natural support of healthy blood pressure. These benefits are due, in part, to Dandelion's high concentration of potassium.
Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily, with meals.
Discomfort due to gastric hyperacidity may occur.
In case of gallstones or obstruction of the bile ducts, gallbladder, or bile ducts seek professional medical advice before consumption.
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