Burdock Monograph
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NAME
Burdock

LATIN NAME
Arctium

SYNONYMS (can include local names)
Sticky backs, beggar's buttons

FAMILY
Asteraceae

BOTANICAL INFORMATION (can include growing environment, plant identification and processing)
Biennial thistle known for its 'burrs' which grows on roadsides and waste areas. Standing approx 50-60cm in height this robust plant bears its flowers from July-Sept in egg-shaped heads (15-30mm across) on open spikes. These purple flowers do not have rays but are surrounded by 'burrs' which are in fact hooked bracts. The flowers, which bloom from July to September, are rayless and surrounded by hooked bracts which form the 'burrs'. The leaves are large with wavy margins and strongly marked veins.

PART/S USED
herb, root, seeds

ADMINISTRATION

USES

TRADITIONAL/LOCAL USES
Nicholas Culpeper, the renowned 17th century herbalist, wrote of Lesser Burdock: 'the seed being drunk in wine forty days together, doth wonderfully help the sciatica' and also 'the juice of the leaves, or rather the roots themselves, given to drink with old wine, doth wonderfully help the bitings of serpent'.

MODERN USES
gout, boils, anaemia, skin diseases

DOSAGE STRATEGIES (can include 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4, 1:5 etc)
low dosages over a longer period is favourable than higher dose over a short period

SAFETY

GENERAL

PAEDIATRIC

PREGNANCY
not suitable in pregnancy or lactation

ADVERSE REACTIONS

HERBAL COMBINATIONS

INTERACTIONS

HERB-DRUG INTERACTIONS
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HERB-HERB INTERACTIONS

HERB-FOOD INTERACTIONS

EVIDENCE/RESEARCH

PRACTITIONER KNOWLEDGE (Please share your experience of this herb here)
Reliable blood tonic that i found an invaluable herb in the treatment of psoriasis, acne and eczema

THERAPEUTIC EFFICACY

CLINICAL TRIAL EVIDENCE

PHARMACOLOGICAL EVIDENCE

POSITIVE RESEARCH

NEGATIVE RESEARCH

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