Benefits of Dandelion*: Liver health, cleansing, detoxification, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, bladder infections, swelling, water retention, edema, gout, high blood pressure, breast problems, hepatitis, cirrhosis, gallbladder problems, pnuemonia, tonsilitis, warts and viruses. *From "The Green Pharmacy" by Dr. James Duke and "The Natural Physician's Healing Therapies" by Mark Stengler N.D.
Dandelion Research and Medical Uses:
Dandelion has a long history of use as a blood cleanser and liver function stimulator. It is used to reduce cholesterol and uric acid, and to improve the function of the kidneys, pancreas, spleen and stomach. It is thought to be useful in the prevention of age spots (liver spots) and is helpful in weight loss due to the improvement in liver function. Modern naturopathic physicians use dandelion to combat the adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs on the liver and reduce the side effects of the drugs.
-Dandelion contains taraxacin which stimulates bile flow and improves the digestive organs.
-Dandelion contains pectin, a type of fiber that relieves constipation, lowers cholesterol and binds to toxins, removing them from your system.
-Dandelion contains inulin which is known to help balance blood sugar levels. Because this and the liver improvement, dandelion is considered useful in the treatment of diabetes.
-According to naturopathic physician Mark Stengler, N.D., the perfect herbal formula for high blood pressure would be dandelion, hawthorn and valerian.
-Dandelion contains taraxerol and taraxasterol, compounds that help to balance hormone levels. Since the liver is also involved in hormonal balance dandelion is quite helpful in treating PMS and menopausal symptoms.
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