Burdock Root

(arctium lappa)

Burdock is native to Asia and Europe. The root is the primary source of many herbal preparations. The root becomes very soft with chewing and tastes sweet, with a mucilaginous (sticky) texture.

In traditional herbal texts, burdock root is described as a “blood purifier” or “alterative” and was believed to clear the bloodstream of toxins. It was used both internally and externally for eczema and psoriasis, as well as to treat painful joints and as a diuretic. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, burdock root in combination with other herbs is used to treat sore throats, tonsillitis, colds, and even measles.

What it does

Burdock contains many active constituents, including 45% inulin. It is one of the most powerful and reliable blood cleansers in herbal medicine. It acts as a diuretic, anti-bacterial and liver cleanser.

Potential Uses

Acne Eczema Psoriasis

Other information

Burdock is often recommended by herbalist in detox programmes because of its cleansing action. It is commonly combined with dandelion. Helps with skin complaints, rheumatism and is sometime use to improve digestion.


Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Burdock. If you know you have an allergy to inulin, it is best avoided.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Burdock.


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