The herb burdock (Arctium lappa) was tested by researchers at Chia Nan College of Pharmacy and Science in Taiwan for its antioxidant properties. They found that burdock is a powerful antioxidant, capable of scavenging hydrogen peroxide and superoxide radicals.
As an antioxidant, it may protect against cancer by helping control cell mutation. Burdock aids elimination of excess fluid, uric acid, and toxins. Has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Purifies the blood, restores liver and gallbladder function, and stimulates the digestive and immune systems. Helps skin disorders such as boils and carbuncles, and relieves gout and menopausal symptoms.
17th century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper wrote of Lesser Burdock: ‘the seed being drunk in wine forty days together, doth wonderfully help the sciatica’and also ‘the juice of the leaves, or rather the roots themselves, given to drink with old wine, doth wonderfully help the bitings of serpent’.
Our own folklore says ‘Burdock is used to cure skin diseases’* and in fact it is used in our modern medicinal preparations for the same conditions. It is also one of the foremost detoxifying herbs in Chinese medicine. Check out Wildflowers of Ireland.