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Dandelion: This is how the medicinal plant works!

by Josephine Andrews
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Dandelion is feared as a weed, but very popular as a medicinal plant. It helps, for example, against indigestion, loss of appetite and urinary tract problems. Dandelion is also suitable as a home remedy for warts. Read more about the dandelion effect and how to use it correctly!

What effect does dandelion have?

The aerial and underground parts of dandelion (herb and roots) promote the excretion of bile and support the function of the kidneys and liver. They also stimulate the appetite. Some studies have shown further diuretic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and metabolism-stimulating effects.

Important ingredients in the dandelion herb are bitter substances, tannins, flavonoids, amino acids, minerals and trace elements such as zinc and copper. The root also contains carbohydrates such as inulin, carotenoids and various vitamins (C, E, B).

What is dandelion used for?

Dandelion is suitable for various applications. Among other things, the medicinal plant is classified as a traditional medicinal product. Based on many years of experience, you can use dandelion herb with root and dandelion root for:

  • Disorders of bile flow
  • mild bladder infections
  • improved urinary flow in rheumatism
  • prevention of kidney stones
  • loss of appetite
  • mild digestive problems such as flatulence or a feeling of fullness

Dandelion leaves also help to increase the amount of urine and can therefore help to relieve pain in urinary tract problems.

Dandelion is also said to have an effect on the skin. In fact, animal and in vitro studies have shown that dandelion extract can protect against skin damage caused by sunlight, aging, and acne. Also, there is older research that indicated dandelion extract can reduce inflammation and irritation in the skin while increasing hydration and collagen production.

These effects can be useful in preventing and treating acne. However, confirmation of these findings from human studies is still lacking. The fact that dandelion has a positive effect on hair has also not been scientifically proven.

Again and again there are discussions as to whether dandelion can lower blood pressure. Dandelion contains potassium, among other things. The mineral is associated with reduced blood pressure. However, this applies to all potassium-rich foods. There are no large-scale studies that can scientifically prove a direct connection between dandelion and blood pressure.

Dandelion may have an anti-cancer effect. Various animal and in-vitro studies have shown positive effects on breast, liver and colon cancer. In addition, dandelion root extract slowed the growth of cancerous cells in the stomach tissue. However, there is also a lack of confirmation from human studies.

In folk medicine, dandelion is used, among other things, for the following health problems:

  • Prevention of kidney gravel and kidney stones
  • in kidney and bladder diseases
  • Liver and biliary diseases
  • gout
  • Eczema and other skin diseases

The white liquid from the stalk of the dandelion has proven itself as a home remedy for warts. However, treating warts with dandelion does not replace a visit to the doctor.

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