Burdock (Arctium lappa) has been traditionally used as a skin remedy for acne, boils, abcesses, eczema and psoriasis. It can be taken alone or mixed with other herbs such as dandelion root or yellow dock root, to balance its strong cleansing action. Burdock can occasionally worsen skin conditions initially due to its strong detoxifying action. To avoid this, build up the dosage gradually.
Historically burdock root has been described as an "alterative" and a "blood purifier" and was believed to clear toxins from the bloodstream and restore liver and gallbladder function. It is considered an immune system stimulator and relieves gout symptoms. Ancient Chinese medicine combined burdock root with other herbs to treat colds, measles, sore throats, and tonsillitis. The Japanese consume burdock root as a vegetable.
Caution: Not recommended for use during pregnancy or lactation.
Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Please consult your health care professional with any health-related concerns, and for diagnosis and treatment.