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Burdock Root

Latin Name: Arctium lappa

Common name: Burdock, greater burdock, gobo, beggar’s buttons, thorny burr

Family: Asteraceae

Parts used: Root, leaf, seed/fruit

Actions:  Anti-inflammation, Anti-tumor, Anti-fungal, Antimutagenic, Antioxidant, Antipyretic, Diuretic, Diaphoretic, Hypoglycemic

Taste: Bitter, Sweet (earthy, slightly sweet flavor despite the mild bitter aftertaste

Energy: Cooling

Burdock, also known as Arctium lappa, is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries for its numerous health benefits. This herb is particularly known for its blood-purifying qualities, helping to break down toxins and metabolic waste in the body. Burdock is a great support for conditions ranging from cancers and hypertension to gout, digestive ulcers, and reproductive problems. With its incredible healing properties, burdock is a must-have herb for anyone looking to support their overall health and wellness.

Some major health benefits of burdock root are as follows:

1. Blood Purifier

Burdock root is an herb traditionally used to treat conditions related to the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, and bladder. Burdock root contains compounds that help remove harmful substances from the bloodstream, including lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and other toxic chemicals. These active compounds can also promote healthy cell regeneration and increase the flow of nutrients throughout the body. Burdock root can supports the function of all major organs, including the brain, heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and bones. It can help maintain overall digestive system health, and may even protect against cancer.

2. Natural Diuretic

A diuretic is a term used to describe substances that increase the amount of urine produced by the kidney. Some diuretics are prescribed to treat conditions like congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and edema.  Burdock root contains an active ingredient called glycyrrhizin which has diuretic properties. When administered orally, glycyrrhizic acid increases urinary flow in healthy adults, although it may not be effective for individuals with renal insufficiency. Glycyrrhizic Acid also works as a mild antihistamine and may reduce allergic reactions when taken together with other medications.

3. Treat Skin Problems

Burdock roots have long been used to treat many different skin conditions. The root’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterially properties can help resolve skin problems when applied topically to your skin. Burdock root may also help treat topical burns.  

4. Defends Against Diabetes

Burdocks roots contain inulin, a soluble fiber that improves digestion and lowers blood sugar. Burdock root is effective at controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics. People with type 2 diabetes should consume 1/2 cup of burdock root per day. For optimal results, you may need to increase your intake gradually. Studies show that burdock root may help prevent diabetic eye problems like macular degeneration.

5. Treats Constipation

Constipation is a condition where stool remains in the colon for longer than normal. This causes discomfort and bloating. Burdock root is a great solution to this problem. It works by increasing the movement of waste through the digestive tract. In addition, it promotes regular bowel movements.

6.  Boosts Energy

When you are tired or exhausted, burdock root can give you a burst of energy. It increases stamina and endurance. It also boosts metabolism and burns fat faster.

7. Improves Digestion

Digestion refers to the process of breaking down food into nutrients that our bodies can use. Digestive problems such as indigestion, stomach ulcers, and diarrhea can cause poor digestion. Burdock root stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which aids in proper digestion.


In conclusion, burdock root has been used medicinally for centuries. It’s also known as gobo in Japan and gobo in China. Burdock root contains many nutrients, including vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and beta carotene, plus minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, manganese, and selenium. It’s also rich in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol levels and fights off infections. 


  • These statements has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    • 2 oz., and 4 oz. extracts come in amber glass bottles with a dropper.
    • 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes come in amber glass bottles with a plastic screw cap and does not include a dropper

    If you want 8 oz or 16 oz size, please contact us.  

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