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Dandelion, a helpful herbal remedy for treating liver disorders such as hepatitis

Where does Dandelion come from?

Folk healers have used Dandelion for centuries for liver and digestive problems.

Dandelion is grown commercially in Europe and both the leaves and the roots are used for herbal remedies.

Dandelion is closely related to chicory and grows wild throughout much of the world. The plant forms a puffball of seeds that is dispersed by the wind or by children playing with the plant.

Bright yellow flowers are seen throughout the growing season, opening at daybreak and closing at dusk.

Dandelion is well known as a garden weed.

How can Dandelion help me?

Dandelion increases the production and flow of bile (a digestive aid) from the liver and the gallbladder.

This increased flow of bile helps to treat such conditions as jaundice, gallstones and hepatitis.

In addition, Dandelion has a high content of the B vitamin choline, which assists in general liver health.

Dandelion is often mixed with other herbal medicines that boost liver function, such as milk thistle and black radish. These combinations are known as lipotropic or fat metabolizing supplements.

Because Dandelion improves liver function, this herbal remedy may also be effective in reducing the painful symptoms of endometriosis.

Dandelion enhances the ability of the liver to remove excess oestrogen from your body, thereby helping women to restore a healthy hormone balance.

The root of the Dandelion plant can be used a gentle laxative, so drinking Dandelion tea will provide gentle relief from constipation.

Dandelion also assists the liver to absorb iron from food or mineral supplements, thereby combating anaemia.

Dandelion tea is also useful as a diuretic, thus relieving water retention and bloating. In addition, Dandelion leaves are high in potassium, so using this herbal medicine as a diuretic is a good idea as your potassium levels will not be depleted.

Dandelion root is also used as an appetite stimulant because it is a bitter.

If I am already on medicine, what are the interactions or side-effects I need to know about when using Dandelion?

Please consult your medical practitioner prior to using any herbal medications should you be under their care.

Dandelion has no serious side effects but in large doses can cause a skin rash and stomach upsets. Discontinue use if any of these symptoms occur.

Dandelion should not be used during acute attacks of gallstones. Seek professional medical care for this condition.

If bile ducts are obstructed, Dandelion should not be used at all.

Safety of use in pregnant and lactating women has not been established.

How do I use Dandelion?

To boost liver functions, take 500 mg of standardized, powdered Dandelion root extract twice a day.

For constipation, drink one cup of Dandelion tea three times a day.

To treat anaemia, take one teaspoon of fresh Dandelion tincture or juice mornings and evenings with half a glass of water.

When taking Dandelion juice or tincture, make sure that you drink at least half a glass of water as well.

Pills containing Dandelion extracts can be taken with or without food.

Dandelion leaves and flowers are very tasty when steamed like spinach and can also be used in salads.


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