In traditional Chinese medicine, burdock has been used continually for thousands of years. It is known to balance internal heat, can be helpful for supporting skin health, and is associated with lung and stomach meridians. It is considered energetically cold and having a slippery consistency that soothes mucus membranes. The root is also commonly cooked in order to change its energetic properties and specifically to make it easier to digest. In European folk medicine, an infusion or decoction of the seeds was employed as a diuretic. It was considered helpful in enhancing health through supporting digestion, and as topical poultice.
It is a mild bitter; taken internally, it may gently stimulates the appetite and increases digestive secretions and motility, while supporting healthy populations of intestinal flora. Burdock is used tonically to treat arthritic conditions such as gout, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Its antirheumatic qualities could stem from its ability to support the kidneys, as well as its diuretic and alterative qualities.
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