All species of Dandelion belong to the Composite
is a common Herb that grows around the world.
It has a bitter flavour.The material used in Indian Ayurvedic and
Unani medicines grows in the temperate Himalayas from five to twelve
thousand feet and in Tibet
Dandelion has a long history of traditional use in
many systems of medicine in the treatment of hepatobiliary problems. The
root is traditionally used to treat liver and spleen ailments
The genus name Taraxacum is derived from the Greek taraxos
(disorder), and akos (remedy). The name dandelion is
derived from its original Greek genus name leontodon, meaning
lion's teeth. Its use in traditional Arabian medicine is first mentioned
in the tenth century C.E.
one of the bitter herbs in the Passover tradition.
Dandelions were brought from Europe by the early Colonists.
They are one of the planet's most famous and useful weeds.
Dandelion is used to help clear the body of old emotions such as
anger and fear that can be stored in the body's liver and kidneys.
Dandelions provide food for many wild animals such as bees, deer,
geese and rabbits. Since
herbicides poison our environment, utilize this valuable health-giving
plant instead of spraying!
Dandelion Contains these Substances
It is generally agreed that
the beneficial properties of Dandelion are attributable to the
interactions among its various constituents rather than any one
Glycosides:Lactucin, Lactupicrin, Taraxacin
Copper, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus,
Potassium4,250 (unusually high), Silicon, Sodium, Sulfur, Zinc
Phenolic Acids Caffeic Acid,
Fatty acids (myristic)
Flavonoids (apigenin and luteolin)
(sitosterol, stigmasterol, and taraxasterol
fructose, glucose, and sucrose
Lactupicrine - Resin
herbalists recommend 3 - 20 grams of Dandelion per day for therapeutic
Unless otherwise prescribed: 4–10 g of cut herb
three times daily for infusions, as well as for liquid preparations for
Diuretic, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Hypotensive, Laxative, Lithotriptic,
Benefits of Dandelion
-Dandelion (root) purifies the Blood by straining and filtering
toxins and wastes from the bloodstream.
-Dandelion improves Blood Circulation.
-Helps in Anaemia.
-Improves high Cholesterol.
Dandelion stimulates the flow of Bile by causing an increase in
Bile production in the Liver and increasing the flow of Bile to the
Dandelion increases the body's secretion of Bile by over 50%.
-Dandelion alleviates Colitis.
-Dandelion Root alleviates Constipation.
-Dandelion stimulates the release of stored Bile from the
Gallbladder (i.e. it functions as a cholagogue).
-Dandelion alleviates Gallstones (due to its ability to
facilitate the flow of Bile).
-For loss of appetite and
feelings of fullness and flatulence.
Dandelion (tea) alleviates ailments of the Kidneys and functions
as a cleanser for the Kidneys.
Dandelion (tea) facilitates the elimination of Toxins from the
body via the Kidneys and aids in Kidney stones.
Dandelion (greens used as a poultice) is a traditional treatment
for Breast Cancer.
Dandelion (root) stimulates the Spleen.
Dandelion helps to regulate Blood Sugar (due to the Inulin
content of Dandelion).
Dandelion alleviates Diabetes Mellitus (by regulating Blood
Dandelion (root) is regarded as one of the best remedies for the
Dandelion (root) alleviates congestion of the Liver.
Dandelion (root) reduces the severity of Hepatitis (primarily due
to its Inulin content).
Dandelion alleviates Jaundice.
Dandelion alleviates Obesity by causing weight loss by its
diuretic qualities and improves fat metabolism.
Used in Menstrual problems.
Dandelion leaves alleviate the symptoms of Arthritis.
Dandelion (root) alleviates Rheumatism.
Dandelion (root) cleanses Skin Blemishes in Eczema
Dandelion (milk from summer Dandelions applied topically and
covered with elastoplast) alleviates Warts.
Psoriasis and Acne.
Promotes discharge of mucous through its expectorant
alleviates Edema (it functions as a diuretic).
Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads.
Fungal Infection, Warts, Wounds
are used as a poultice for wounds.
Sap from the stem can be applied to get rid of warts.
Use as a wash for fungal infections.
Bitter, Sweet, Cold.
indications and side effect
Obstruction of the bile ducts, gall bladder empyema
(collection of pus in an enclosed cavity-usually the gall bladder) Ileus.
In case of gallstones, first consult a physician. Contact allergies
caused by sesquiterpene lactones in the latex have been only rarely
observed. Experiments and observations concerning preparations are not
Before using root, dry or cook it.
Use During Pregnancy And Lactation.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Doctrine of signatures
Bitter tasting leaves as preferred by the liver. Yellow flower aligns to the bile
Herb of Sagittarius—note the leaves also in the
form of an arrow.
The main influence is on the 3rd and 2nd
chakas as seen in the actions on the livery system and the kidneys. Obviously
it is not limited but the influence is more pronounced
in those areas.
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