The Dandelion root herb (Taraxacum officinale) is a staple Naturopathic herb commonly used to address a plethora of conditions relating to elimination, skin, hormones and stomach and digestion problems. As a detoxification agent, the root of the dandelion herb is considered to be one of the most effective and beneficial herbal remedies. It is rich in vitamins and is packed with Iron, Calcium, beta-carotene, phosphorus, magnesium as well as Vitamins A, B, C and D.
Any herbal medicine prescription should include a liver trophorestorative, which means to restore health to an organ, and Dandelion is a great choice. The liver underpins many conditions (especially related to the hormones) as the primary role of the liver is to reduce the toxic load on the body. Toxins such as inflammation, stress, chemical residues, poisons, alcohol, pollutants, pharmaceuticals and hormones can create liver stagnation and contribute to the worsening of symptomatology. The liver requires constant support by encouraging daily cleansing and elimination as its role is varied. If you consume a clean diet and avoid synthetic hormones/ pharmaceuticals and refrain from drinking alcohol or being exposed to chemicals then your liver should be able to promote health and vitality as the channels of elimination can deal with the daily normal clearing of wastes. If however your diet and lifestyle choices are not aligned with supporting the liver then the toxins back up and begin to create inflammation which aggravates digestion, immunity, hormone balance(Endocrine system), gut health, kidney function, bowel elimination. This situation requires therapeutic support from herbal medicines such as Dandelion.
The Dandelion is most famous as a detoxifying bitter tonic, increasing the flow of digestive juices, enhancing the appetite, easing digestion and cleansing the liver. It has been traditionally used for liver disease, jaundice, hepatitis, gallbladder infections, to dissolve gallstones and for problems associated with a sluggish liver such as tiredness and irritability. Its stimulating effect extends to the pancreas, where it increases insulin secretion, helpful in diabetes. The root is also mildly laxative to promote further cleansing.