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D . . . . . Dandelion

Discussion in 'Ailments & Natural Remedies' started by Snowbaby, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale):

    Dandelion contains much that is beneficial to our bodies: bitter compounds, choline, inulin, large quantities of minerals such as calcium, sodium, silicic acid, sulfur and, in the fresh leaves, a high content of potassium.
    • It can help stimulate the appetite and promote digestion.
    • Dandelion can promote bile production in the liver and its secretion from the liver.
    • Dandelion root is a "blood purifier" that helps both the kidneys and the liver to improve elimination.
    • It helps clear up many eczema-like skin problems because of this.
    • The root has also been successfully used to treat liver diseases such as jaundice and cirrhosis along with dyspepsia and gallbladder problems.
    • Its use as a diuretic is favourable because it replaces the potassium that most diuretics remove. It's the herb of choice for treating rheumatism, gout and heart disease as well as regulating hormonal imbalances.
    • Fresh latex removes warts if applied several times daily.
    • The Chinese have prescribed it since ancient times to treat colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, hepatitis, boils, ulcers, obesity, dental problems, itching, and internal injuries.
    • It's diuretic property can make it useful in relieving the bloated feeling of PMS.
    • One study shows dandelion inhibits the growth of the fungus responsible for
    • vaginal yeast infections.
    • It stimulates bile production and prevents gallstones.

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