root, also known as gobo or "Poor-man's potatoes", is an important food
in Japan known for it's many healing properties. Traditionally, burdock
root was used in Europe, India and China to treat respiratory
disorders, abscesses, joint pain, urinary problems and to overcome
serious health challenges by stimulating cellular regeneration,
detoxification and cleansing. The German Pharmacopoeia lists this
herbal drug for treating gastrointestinal complaints, as well as joint
and bone conditions. The root is also considered to be a traditional
blood purifier and diuretic. Up to seventy-five percent of the root is
made up of complex carbohydrates known as fructo-oligo-saccharides
(FOS), including 27-45% inulin. Based on clinical studies, intake of
beneficial bifidobacteria within the
gastrointestinal tract and eliminates bacterial pathogens. This
ultimately stimulates the immune system and effectively suppresses
abnormal cell growth. The high levels of FOS in burdock root and its
water extract also help to keep blood sugar levels constant and reduce
hyperglycemia. Burdock root also contain at least five
powerful flavonoid-type antioxidants that are more powerful
antioxidants than vitamin C. Based on many studies with animals exposed
to toxic chemicals, Burdock root very effectively protects the body
cellular damage and abnormal growths. It also has powerful
anti-inflammatory activity based on studies and reduces liver damage
from toxic chemicals. As a mildly bitter-tasting herb, it increases
saliva and bile secretion, which aids digestion and cleanses the liver.
These qualities of burdock root tea support proper hormone balances
within the body and this may explain its traditional use for treating
acne, eczema, endometriosis, fibroids and psoriasis. Burdock root tea
can also be applied externally for treating skin conditions.
|Burdock root tea; burdock whole root,
fresh or dried.
- Bone and Joint Health
- Breathing Disorders
- Canker Sores
- Celiac's Disease
- Cellular Regeneration
- Crohn's Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Digestive Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Hormone Imbalances
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Joint Pain
- Senility/Aging Conditions
- Skin Disorders
root contains: Approximately 27-45% inulin, mucilage (up to 75% of the
root is carbohydrate in the form of fructo-oligo-saccharides (FOS)
including inulin); 0.06-0.18% essential oil with so far 66 identified
components; antibacterial polyacetylenes; bitter substances (i.e.
lactones); 1.9-3.65% polyphenols including caffeic acid, chlorogenic
acid and other powerful flavonoid-type antioxidants; sitosterol and
root tea may reduce the requirements for insulin, based on its
effectiveness for helping to normalize blood sugar levels. Therefore it
is recommended that diabetics consult with a health care practitioner.
with other sources of soluble fibre, burdock root itself may
absorption of oral medications and therefore should be taken separately
Burdock root is commonly eaten as a food by Japanese
people living all over the world, including in Canada and the
It is listed as a GRAS food (generally recognized as safe) in the
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