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DANDELION - 西洋蒲公英
Taraxacum officinale

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Disorders of the liver, gall bladder, kidneys and urinary bladder; hepatitis, anemia, varicose veins, hemorrrhoids, disorders of the digestive system, eczema, acne, disturbance of pancreas, spleen functions, rheumatism, arthritis, arthrosis, water Retention ...

Description

Composition :
Capsule, 100% Taraxacum officinalis rhiz.- 220 mg

Part used :
Root (rhizoma)

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis), a flowering, herbaceous perennial plant in the Daisy family (Asteraceae), is found in all temperate regions across the world. It is considered a weed, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but it has culinary and medicinal uses.

Dandelion is well known for its yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver tufted fruits which disperse in the wind (called ‘blowballs’ or ‘clocks’). It grows from generally unbranched taproots (rhizoma) and produces one to ten stems that are typically 5 - 40 cm (2-16in) tall, but sometimes up to 70 cm (27in) tall. The leaves are 5 - 45 cm (2-18in) long and 1 - 10 cm (0.5-4in) wide, and are typically oblong in shape, with the bases gradually narrowing to the petiole. The leaf margins are typically lobed and often lacerated or toothed with sharp or dull teeth.

The entire plant contains a milky latex. The root contains over 50 substances, the most important of which include inulin, choline, ascorbic acid, nicotine acid, retinol, resins, triterpenes (taxasterol derivatives), also significant amounts of potassium, bitterns (taraxacin, taraxacerin, taraxerol), saponins, vitamin B2, C and D, as well as minerals (iron, silicon, mangan, sulphur).

As may be guessed, the rich contents make for many beneficial properties (blood cleansing, diuretic, stimulating the digestive system and the entire endocrine system) and a broad range of medicinal uses, e.g. for treatment of diabetes (mellitus) and weak organ function (liver, gall bladder, urinary bladder, kidneys). A regular cleansing program, ideally in spring or fall, is recommended and often part of a wholistic weight loss program.

History: The first documentation of Dandelion was given by the arabic physicians Rhazes and Avicenna; in ancient Greece, Dandelion was also used for medicinal purposes.

Note: If you decide to collect your own, fresh Dandelion in spring, take caution of meadows that have just been fertilized, as they may contain tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis).

Counter indication: Consult with a physician if you suffer from disturbances of the gall bladder tract, stomach and/or intestinal ulcers, and rectal and/or abdominal prolapse (rectopexy).

Dosage

3-6 capsules daily with plenty of water. 220 mg/capsule

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