Some of the constituents in Burdock Root are fixed and volatile oils (including a root oil, bur oil), starch, mucilage, a bitter principle, inulin (27-45%), resin, tannic acid, iron, chromium, manganese, copper, zinc, B-vitamins and vitamin E.
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Used internally as a tincture, Burdock Root is a “blood purifier”, a diuretic to cleanse the system and eliminate long-term impurities from the blood very rapidly through its action on both the liver and kidneys. It is known to clear the blood of harmful acids due to calcification deposits, as overburdened blood which can cause arthritis flare ups, fevers, and skin infections or diseases.
The mucilage, "bitter" and inulin contents in Burdock is good for digestion.
In cases of diabetes, recent research has shown Burdock Root's effects of lower blood sugar in laboratory animals. The action works by filling the intestines with the fiber, "arctiin," which thus prevents the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream. (See Precautions)
With long term use, Burdock Root has been documented to relieve skin diseases and inflammatory conditions due to chronic toxicity, notably eczema, psoriasis, acne, leprosy, boils and sores. It is also thought to be helpful in other diseases caused by toxicity in the blood, including syphilis and gonorrhea.
Known Dosage (for Adults) 10-25 drops three to four times daily with a glass of water for a period of several weeks, then re-evaluate symptoms.
Taken internally, Burdock can lower blood sugar and, in combination with insulin or other drugs to control blood sugar, could possibly lower it too much. Diabetics should use burdock only under a physician's close supervision.
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