Medicinal Uses For Dandelion

Many people think of dandelions as simply an annoying weed, but did you know that dandelion has many health benefits and is commonly used in natural medicine?

Here are some of the amazing ways dandelion and dandelion root can improve your health:

1. Digestive Aid

Dandelion is a natural laxative which promotes digestion, stimulates appetite and helps balance the natural bacteria found in the intestines. It also increases the production of stomach acid and bile to aid digestion (particularly the digestion of fats).

2. Kidney

Our kidneys often contain waste, salt and excess water — all of which the dandelion weed can help clear out by increasing urine production.

3. Liver

Dandelion improves liver function by removing toxins, re-establishing hydration, improving electrolyte balance and increasing the release of bile.

4. Antioxidants

The dandelion plant is full of antioxidants. The job of antioxidants is to prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA. The more antioxidants in our body, the slower the degeneration process of cells in the body occurs. Rich in vitamin C, A and beta-carotene, dandelion offers lots of health benefits!

5. Diabetes

Dandelion is fantastic in helping regulate blood sugar and insulin levels by controlling lipid levels.

6. Blood Pressure

As a diuretic, dandelion increases urination which then lowers blood pressure. The fibre and potassium in dandelion also help regulate blood pressure.

7. Cholesterol

Animal studies have demonstrated that dandelion is able to lower cholesterol levels by raising HDL ratios.

8. Inflammation

Dandelion root contains essential fatty acids and phyto-nutrients that reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling from things like rheumatoid arthritis and other such disorders.

9. Immune System

Dandelion boosts immune function and fights off microbes and fungi.

As you can see, there are many medicinal uses for dandelion. Learn more about dandelion and other natural medicines with a course from the Australian School of Herbal Medicine. Get in touch today.

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