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Dandelions: A Medicinal Plant

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Dandelions a medicinal plant "taraxacum officinale" Habitat The habitat of a dandelion is virtually everywhere: from dark woods to fields. Dandelions may even grow in your own backyard! Ethnobotanical History The dandelion was originally native to Europe and Asia. It was brought over to the Americas for its medicinal uses and nutritious benefits. Parts Used

Dandelion root is used as a detox for the liver and gallbladder. Dandelion leaves act as a diuretic, increasing the amount of urine in the body, and to support kidney function. They are also used to help digestion and increase appetite. Dandelion flower has lots of antioxidants. It also improves the immune system. Administration Dandelion remedies are available in all kinds of forms like tinctures, liquid extracts, powdered extracts, teas, tablets, and capsules. These are ingested. Traditional Doses Dried leaf infusion: 1 - 2 teaspoonfuls, 3 times daily. Pour hot water onto dried leaf and steep for 5 - 1- minutes. Drink as directed. Leaf tincture (1:5) in 30% alcohol: 30 - 60 drops, 3 times daily Standardized powdered extract (4:1) root: 500 mg, 1 - 3 times daily Root tincture (1:2) fresh root in 45% alcohol: 30 - 60 drops, 3 times daily Cost The cost of dandelion medicines are varied...

"Nature's Way Dandelion Root" is 4.09 on amazon.com.

"Eclectic Institute Inc Dandelion Leaf" is 14.50 on amazon.com. Availability Dandelion root and leaf medicine is able to be purchased at stores like GMC and Walgreens. Healing Properties and Side Effects Dandelion is LIKELY SAFE for most people when used in the amounts commonly found in food. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when used in medicinal amounts (larger amounts than those found in food). Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of dandelion during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. Ragweed allergy: Dandelion can cause allergic reactions when taken by mouth or applied to the skin of sensitive people. People who are allergic to ragweed and related plants (daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds) are likely to be allergic to dandelion. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking dandelion. WebMD WebMD WebMD and Warnings and Preparation + Active Ingredient Active Ingredient: Leaf Active Ingredient: Root Active Ingredient: Root Active Ingredient: Leaf Pharmaceutical Imitations of Chemical Constituents I couldn't find a single imitation for dandelion medicine... Bibliography Bhowmik, Prasanta C. "Dandelions." GreenShare Factsheets. University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program, n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2013. <http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/dandelion.html>. "Dandelion." University of Maryland Medical Center. University of Maryland Medical Center, n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2013. <http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/dandelion-000236.htm>. "Taraxacum Officinale - Dandelion." Winter 2012 Ethnobotany. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2013. <http://winter2012bioportfolios.providence.wikispaces.net/Dandelion>. "Dandelion: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings - WebMD." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-706-DANDELION.aspx?activeIngredientId=706>. Active Ingredients In roots and aerial parts:

Essential oils
Alkaloids
Asparagine
Tannins
Vitamins B and C
inulin
chloline
levulin
saccharose
taraxicin and taraxcerine
gluten
saponins
potash
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