Dandelion Materia Medica

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Dandelion Materia Medica

An In Depth Look At The Common Well-Loved Herb, Dandelion!

Common Name: Dandelion

Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale

Family: Asteraceae/ Compositaceae

Part Used: Leaf/ Root

Energetics and Vitalist Actions: Root: Bitter, Sweet, Cool.  Leaf: Cold, Dry. Bitter Tonic. Vital Stimulant.

Constituents: (Root): Bitter Principle, Fructose, Inulin, Lactupicrine, Tannins (Leaf): Ceryl alcohol lactuerol, choline, flavonoids, inosite, minerals, potassium, phytosterols, phenolic acid, sesquiterpenoid lactones, taraxacerin, taraxin, vitamins A, C, and B

Clinical Actions: Anti-tumor, Anti-oxidant, Alterative, Aperient, Bitter Tonic, Cholagogue, Choleric, Diuretic, Detoxifying, Liver Tonic, Mild Laxative, Nutritive, Stomachic

Primary Uses:

Leaf Internally:

-Non ulcer dyspepsia and/ or loss of appetite associated with impaired bile secretion and flow 

(burping, bloating, fullness, heartburn, flatulence, hemorrhoids,  minor constipation, sluggish bowels, Constipation)

- Inflammatory conditions of genitourinary track

- Arthritic Complaints (osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatic complaints)

- Skin Issues: Atopic Eczema, Acne, Boils, Psoriasis)

-Fluid Retention

-Gallstone Prevention

Root Internally: 

-Abscesses and boils

-Fluid Retention

-Breast Tumors

- Detoxification / Heated Liver Conditions (Hepatitis, breast tumors, abscesses, boils,      Detoxification from excess Alcohol intake)

- Stomach Digestive Issues

Caution and Contraindications: Should not be taken in cases of biliary obstruction and biliary abscess. Allergic Reactions can occur in those individuals sensitive to Asteraceae plants


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