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The syrup, dandelion and burdock can be bought even occasionally. It is a sample of what was a very popular combination purifying, to combat constipation and intestinal inactivity. The burdock is a biennial plant, grows up to 2 m in height, of very deep roots and small flowers pitch grazed. This hard covered by bracts.

USED PARTS: Leaves, roots, seeds.

MAJOR USES: The burdock is a purifying herb for arthritis and skin problems is a stimulant, mild laxative and digestive. You use the root, but the leaves have a similar but more gentle. The Chinese used the seeds for colds.

Used Part.

The roots of burdock (ARCTIUM lappa L. A. = Majus Bernh. He also supported the mop minor ARCTIUM minus Bernh. Lapp minor Hill.

Active Principles.

Root: Abundant inulin (30 - 50%) mucílagos. Traces of essential oil (fenilacetaldehido, benzaldehyde, and methoxy metilpiracinas. Poliacetilenos (acid earrings, arctinona, arctinol, arctinal) Lactones Sesquiterpenes type guayanólido. Phenolic acids (caféico acid, chlorogenic, isoclorogénico and acid derivatives caféico: arctiína) Phytosterols: beta - sitosterol, stigmasterol. unsaturated compounds: polienos, poliínos. Taninos. Potassium salts.

Drug Action.

The burdock an antibacterial action (Gram + and antifungal. The phenolic acids are responsible for the effect colerética and diuretic. The tannins, its astringent and healing action. Inulin and potassium salts give it a diuretic. The lactones (bitter principles) an aperitif and digestive. It is further lowering plant.


States that require an increase in urine output: genitourinary disorders (cystitis, ureteritis, urethritis, pyelonephritis, oliguria, urolithiasis) hiperazotemia, hyperuricemia, gout, high blood pressure, edema, overweight accompanied by fluid retention. Inappetence, dyspepsia hiposecretoras, Hepatobiliary dyskinesias. Diabetes. Popularly used as a "cleansing" in the treatment of dermatological problems of substance: psorisis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne, eczema, and so on.

In topical use: torpid sores, wounds, furunculosis, itching, acne, abscesses, dermatomycosis, ichthyosis, psoriasis.


Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Caution / Poisoning.

The use of diuretics in the presence of hypertension or heart disease, should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision, given the possibility of occurrence of decompensation or tension, if the elimination of potassium is considerable, enhancing the effect of cardiac.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Decoction: 40 g / l, boil for 10 minutes. Two or three cups a day.

Dust: 2 - 5 g / day, divided into several shots.

Fluid extract (1: 1) from stabilized following: 25 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) from stabilized following: 25 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Dry extract (5: 1) 1 to 2 grams a day.

Topical use:

Decoction, applied in the form of mouthwashes gargarismos, baths or towels.

Fluid extract, tincture, extract glycolic, in the form of creams or gels.

Oleate burdock, applied to the skin or scalp.


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