Burdock root has been popular in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine because of its incredible healing properties. Some cultures have used it to make tinctures, while other cultures have used it for cooking. Burdock has gone by many names, including gobo (the Japanese name), jangli kuth (the Ayurvedic name), and niúbàng (the Chinese name), and it has been known to help with liver cleansing, blood detoxing, hair growth, and reducing acne.
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What Is Burdock?
Burdock root belongs to the same family as sunflowers and daisies and the leaves look like giant rhubarb leaves, but it has otherworldly purple flowers on the tops of the stalks. The roots, leaves, and stems are valued in the world of herbal remedies. The root is probably the most frequently used portion of the plant because it is rich in essential fibers. The leaves are typically used to make oil.
Burdock is widely known for being a digestive aid because of its high fiber content. The fiber helps to move food through the digestive system and relieve constipation, cramping, and bloating. Burdock also contains inulin, which is a special fiber that can help reduce gut inflammation and rid the body of harmful gut bacteria.
The extract of burdock leaves can have powerful anti-aging properties. By applying the extract on the skin, you help to inhibit elastase, which is an enzyme that breaks down elastic fibers. Continued application can help to improve skin elasticity and reduce visible wrinkles.
Regulates Blood Pressure
Recent studies have indicated that burdock can help regulate and even lower blood pressure. Because burdock is high in potassium, which helps to eliminate excess sodium in the body, it works to relieve cardiovascular tension by relaxing blood vessels and arteries. This can help reduce your risk of stroke, atherosclerosis, and heart attack.
Cleanses The Lymphatic System:
Burdock is a natural diuretic and has cleansing abilities, and it helps to stimulate lymphatic drainage. The best way to aid this process is to drink three or four cups of burdock root tea a day for two consecutive weeks. This can help rid the lymphatic system of any congestion.