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Is the burdock weed
Of Man’s garden.
It will grow back,
And any bit of root remains,
It will grow back.
To remove the weed
Constant plowing of the ground,
Mulch to choke it.
The same with fear:
Cover it every day
The greatest mulch of all.
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Back in the early 70s, I had to clear the burdock from the space around an area containing both asparagus and raspberries. Needless to say, the burdock seed stuck all over my jacket that Spring, so I threw it away…fearless, and throwing myself into eliminating what I considered to be a very noxious weed.
Today, I found Burdock can be medicinal, though I did not consider it way back then:
Biological Name: Arctium lappa
Other Names: hardock, niu bang zi, Bardana, Burdock, burr seed, turkey burrseed, clotbur, hurrburr, cocklebur, hareburr, grass burdock
Elements Applied: Leaves, roots, and seeds are commonly applied in herbal medicine.
Active Components: Herb’s root is quite rich in mucilage and inulin. Due to this fact the plant is potent of relieving digestive system disorders and conditions. Bitter taste the root has contributes to its application as a conventional remedy for improving metabolism. The plant includes polyacetylenes which are referred to as anti-bacterial agents. Burdock is also known to possess mild hypoglycemic properties, which means it can decrease sugar levels in blood. Although there is some statistical evidence on herb’s capacity to reduce tumors, it is collected only from animal tests, and not proven on people.
History: According to conventional herbal scriptures, burdock is believed to purify blood and boost metabolic rates. It was specifically applied to rid the blood of toxic substances. The herb was applied both topically and orally for curing psoriasis and eczema. Additionally, it was used to soothe joint pains and increase urination. In China the plants was used in a mixture with other herbal remedies for measles, colds, tonsillitis, and sore throats. In Japan and some other countries people consume it as a meal. Burdock root has been justified to produce an effect on cancer as part of special teas. There is still only one study conducted with this regard.
Used for: The remedy is applied to fight bacteria and fungi, boost perspiration and urinations, reduce fevers and treat mild constipation. Additionally it’s applied in treating rheumatic arthritis, psoriasis, and acne.
Burdock root decoction is believed to be helpful in curing dropsy, rheumatism, and gout. Japanese cook the roots and lead stalks, boiling them until the rough fiber tissue becomes soft, and then consume as food. The plant boosts urination, producing no irritation, sickness, and other negative effects. As a topical remedy the plant is applied to reduce tumors and other skin inflammations as well as treat swollen joints, which are steady to other remedies. Poultice produced with burdock are applied to cure burns, gout, and bleeding bruises.
According to contemporary researches on animals, burdock is revealed to be effective in reducing tumors, while evacuating excess liquid from the organism. The herb is also known to act similar to estrogen and decrease sugar levels in blood. Additionally it serves as a guard against fungi and microorganisms. These properties are appointed to lactone content in the herb.
According to several studies the plant is potent of treating some reproductive system problems in women, and fight bacteria and fungi.
Additional Info: Burdock is originally found in Europe and Asia. The root is a components predominantly used in medicine. While being cooked the root turns soft and has a sweet taste, characterized by mucilaginous structure.
Burdock’s lifespan lasts for two years, and it’s commonly found at the roadsides, on the walls and fences and across the inhabited areas. The root grows deep into the soil, brownish outside and bright-colored inside. The stem becomes red-colored at the second year of its growth, and is characterized by multiple branches. The leaves this stem produces are oblong and green-colored, with fuzz at their tops. The plant blossoms from mid-summer to the beginning of autumn, and its flowers are purple-colored.
Preparation and Intake: Conventional homoeopathists prescribed 2-4 ml of tincture a day. If taken dry the extract is produced in capsules, which are used in a dose of 1-2 grams thrice a day. Burdock is commonly mixed with other metabolic enhancers like cleavers, red clover and yellow dock to increase its potency.
Safety: When applied in a normal dose the plant is commonly safe. Still, in case of overdose burdock may cause uterine contractions, thus it should be used with extreme care when pregnant. Burdock should be avoided by people with diarrhea.