Dandelion Monograph
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NAME
Dandelion

LATIN NAME
Tarraxacum officinale

SYNONYMS (can include local names)
Piss-in-the-bed

FAMILY
Asteraceae

BOTANICAL INFORMATION (can include growing environment, plant identification and processing)
The flower is actually a head of tiny flowers or florets. Its a flowering herbaceous perennial plant. It grows in temperate regions and is considered a weed.

PART/S USED
The leaf and the root.

ADMINISTRATION
Leaf - infusion, fresh juice or tincture
Root - decoction, tincture or dried

USES

TRADITIONAL/LOCAL USES

MODERN USES
Liver and kidney tonic
Digestive aid

DOSAGE STRATEGIES (can include 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4, 1:5 etc)
Leaf

Infusion - 1-2 tsp/cup three times daily
Fresh leaf juice - 5-10mL twice daily
Tincture - 5-10mL (1:5, 40%) three times daily

Root

Decoction - 2-3 tsp/cup three times daily
Tincture - 2.5-5mL (1:5, 60%) three times daily
Dried root - 0.5-2g daily

SAFETY

Generally regarded as safe, side effects are rare

GENERAL

PAEDIATRIC

PREGNANCY
As a food in normal amounts, is typically deemed as safe. Avoid alcoholic-based tinctures.

ADVERSE REACTIONS
Side-effects are rare and can include: contact dermatitis, diarrhea, gastrointestinal upset.

HERBAL COMBINATIONS

INTERACTIONS

HERB-DRUG INTERACTIONS
Lithium - May worsen toxicity (speculative)

HERB-HERB INTERACTIONS

HERB-FOOD INTERACTIONS

EVIDENCE/RESEARCH

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THERAPEUTIC EFFICACY

CLINICAL TRIAL EVIDENCE

PHARMACOLOGICAL EVIDENCE

POSITIVE RESEARCH

NEGATIVE RESEARCH

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