Great Burdock (Arctium Lappa) - Very Useful Herb for Diabetes
Arctium lappa (A. majus) Asteraceae
Common throughout the northern hemisphere, great burdock isgenerally regarded as a weed. The plant thrives on roadsides andbuilding sites and grows to almost 1 m tall. Its flowerheads, covered in spiny hooks that stick to fur and clothing, inspired the inventors if the Velcro fastening system.
Burdock root stores plant sugars known as inulin: the sweetness can be tasted when the root is chewed. It also contains antibacterial and antifungal compounds. The leaves contain arctiopicrin, a bitter substance responsible for the plant's characteristic taste.
In traditional medicine, burdock root was used mainly to cleanse the blood and to treat eczema and psoriasis. Leaf poultices were applied to painful rheumatic joints.
Experiments have shown that the root has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also lowers blood sugar levels and may have potential in the treatment of diabetes.
Sow seeds in spring in a wild part of the garden. Burdock does well on rough ground in a sunny location.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT skin complaints acne, spots, boils, whitlows. INFUSION Put 5g dried leaves into 1 litre of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 2 cups a day.
CAPSULES (350g root powder) Take 1 capsule three times a day before meals with a glass of water. The dose may be increased to 5 capsules a day. For external use
TO TREAT eczema, itching, cracked skin, grazes, insect bites CREAMS, OINTMENTS, LOTIONS Apply as directed by the manufacturer.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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