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The healing power of burdock

  1. Burdock likes moist soil and is regularly found on vacant lots or forest edges. In addition to the large burdock, there is a small burdock that has the same medicinal properties. The blooming, hairy, thistle-like spiny bulbs that display a magenta-colored flower at the top are the most eye-catching feature of the burdock. The root of the burdock is edible raw. Burdock root has long been used to enrich soups. The leaves are also edible. The burdock is native to the temperate regions of Asia. Today you can also find it in North America and the temperate regions of Europe. It is a biennial, hardy plant that can reach a height of two meters.

Nutrients in burdock

  1. Young leaves are used in salads and older, bitter leaves are cooked as a vegetable. The carrot is also edible. Burdock root is delicious in stir-fried dishes. Seeds are germinated and then added to a salad. Large burdock is very healthy. It contains an extensive range of phytonutrients. It contains phytosterols, phenolic acids and bitter substances. Burdock contains B12 and is one of many plants helping to debunk the myth that B12 comes only from meat. In addition, it contains vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B6, E and biotin. It contains 18 kinds of important amino acids for the human body. It contains the following minerals: iron, manganese, sulfur, silicon, copper, chromium, cobalt, mercury, aluminum, phosphorus, selenium, tin, sodium and zinc

Good for bile and liver

  1. Bile is made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. The bile substances are used later because they can digest fats better. Thus, the bile and liver work closely together during digestion. Burdock has a choleretic effect, which means bile forming. It stimulates the liver to make bile. Furthermore, the sesquiterpene lactones together with phenolic acids protect the liver. Due to these healing properties, large burdock becomes in phytotherapy

Consult the herbalist

  1. If you want to use burdock as a medicine, it is best to consult a herbalist. Burdock extracts and medicines in the form of mother tinctures, powders and capsules should only be taken on the prescription of authorized persons. A doctor or herbalist can advise you on this. All the medicinal effects of burdock, mentioned in this article, are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is widely used in phytotherapy.

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