Dandelion and its related species have been used in Chinese herbal medicine as an antibacterial agent and as a liver-protective agent. Known principally as a weed, dandelion has an astonishing range of health benefits.
Dandelion compounds include bitter glycoside, triterpenes, taraxocides, vitamins A, B and D, potassium, and carotenoids.
Dandelion leaves are a powerful diuretic, which is due to its high potassium content. This results in a net gain of this important electrolyte after consumption. The French called dandelion pissenlit, due to its effect on urination while sleeping.
Dandelion root has a cleansing effect on the liver and stimulates bile secretion. It acts on the liver and gall bladder to help remove waste products and stimulates the kidneys to remove toxins via the urine.
Dandelion is useful in the management of high blood pressure by reducing the volume of fluid. According to practioners of accupuncture dandelion targets the llver and stomach meridians and is used most often to reduce toxicity and swelling through increased urination.
Dandelion leaves can be added to salads, sandwiches and tea to add flavour and nutrition, as it a rich source of vitamin A, B complex, C, D plus iron, zinc and potassium.
Dandelion greens are also a source of chlorophyll, a repressor of bacteria and fungi and promoter of healthy intestinal flora. In addition to tea and salads dandelion greens may be added to soups, steamed or sautéed. Dandelion greens are easy to add to your diet.
Dandelion is a medicinal herb. The use of herbs is a complex process as most are used in a formula or prescription.
A recent study has shown that dandelion root tea may have cancer fighting properties. Dandelion root extract has the power to induce cell suicide or apoptosis in cancer cells without being toxic to healthy cells.