牛蒡根是一种草药和食物，具有强大的抗肿瘤、抗真菌、消炎和抗微生物特性。牛蒡根是最受推荐的抗癌症草药之一，因为可以阻止癌细胞转移，也是著名的天然抗癌茶“护士茶”的明星成分之一（注：护士茶Essiac Tea是由加拿大护士Rene M.所发现的一种中草药配方，成分包含牛蒡根、綿羊酸、榆樹萱草以及印度大黃，用于癌症治疗）。
Burdock root is a medicinal herb and food that has powerful anti-tumor, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Burdock root is one of the top recommended herbal remedies for cancer due to the belief that it can stop cancer cells from metastasizing and it is one of the star ingredients of the famous natural cancer remedy known as Essiac tea.
It is also highly beneficial for colds, flu, sore throats, bronchial congestion, ulcers, gallstones, anemia, kidney stones, chicken pox, gout, measles, strep throat, urinary tract infections, bladder infections, hepatitis, and enlarged prostates. Burdock root is an essential blood purifier and detoxifying herb as it can neutralize and safely eliminate poisons and toxins from the body.
Burdock is one of the most important herbs for treating chronic skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and shingles. It can also help to stimulate metabolism, re-grow hair, strengthen nails, and aid in edema and weight loss. Burdock root is an effective painkiller that can help alleviate symptoms of inflammation that affect auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, lupus, and diabetes.
Burdock root is a force of nature to rehabilitate the liver. Burdock root has a grounding ability that comes from driving deep into the earth. When the liver is filled with viruses such as Epstein-Barr, shingles, HHV-6, and cytomegalovirus, or with unproductive bacteria, worms, fungi, or other pathogens, the liver loses its grounding, negative charge—because these pathogens operate on a positive charge that drains the organ. (For more on this concept of positive and negative charge, see “Garlic.”) Fifty times more grounding than any other root vegetable, burdock reestablishes the liver’s grounding mechanism, which in turn restrengthens and revitalizes the liver so it can push off pathogens.
Over time, if not attended to, the liver loses its sponge-like abilities and becomes dense and hard. Burdock’s dense quality is exactly what’s needed to soften a dense, stagnant liver. Phytochemicals in burdock also support the liver in reducing growth of cysts and adhesions and repairing scar tissue in the liver, plus its vigor at cleansing liver lobules is unmatched. Burdock also has the ability to detoxify the densest core of the liver, and to remove toxic hormones there that have come in from outside sources such as metals, plastics, herbicides, and fungicides, ultimately giving the liver a chance to breathe.
The nutrients in burdock root range from almost every trace mineral in the spectrum to traces of B vitamins, plus vitamins A, C, and K. This wild food also has a unique gift for cleansing the lymphatic system and the blood, enhancing white blood cells and killer cells to keep the lymph nodes strong so they can do their work of killing off pathogens and cancer cells. Plus the enzymes in burdock are highly active, and they work in combination with burdock’s abundant amino acids as heavy metal detoxifiers.
Fresh burdock can be juiced with celery, kale, and apple or used in recipes similarly to carrots. It is often steamed or added to soups and stews. It has a subtly sweet and earthy flavor that works well with potatoes, mushrooms, and onions. Dried burdock root is often used as a medicinal tea.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of dried burdock root and let steep for at least 10 minutes or more, sweeten with honey if desired. Burdock root can be readily found in a cream, salve, tincture, extract, and capsule form. It’s potent healing abilities has made it a vital herb for your natural medicine cabinet.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing burdock root into your life:
Gout, liver disease, liver cancer, kidney stones, gallstones, lymphoma (including non-Hodgkin’s), chronic infections, breast cancer, lung cancer, pleurisy, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), migraines, gum disease, acne, hepatitis C, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, bursitis, celiac disease, all autoimmune diseases and disorders, thyroid cancer, eczema, psoriasis, kidney infections, Lyme disease, worms, yeast infections
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing burdock root into your life:
Scar tissue in the liver, liver adhesions, liver cysts, lesions in the liver, stagnant liver, sluggish liver, gallbladder spasms, food allergies, inflamed appendix, headaches, stomach pain, bloating, constipation, back pain, abdominal cramping, abdominal distension, accelerated aging, blood sugar imbalances, mineral deficiencies (including trace mineral deficiencies), myelin nerve damage, food sensitivities, sensations of humming or vibration in the body, blood toxicity, chemical sensitivities, digestive discomfort, enlarged spleen, inflammation, neuralgia, torn cartilage
If you’re looking to cleanse your body, mind, soul, and even the space around you from the ghosts of past experiences, bring burdock into your life for an emotional clearing.
If you brush against a burdock plant that’s gone to seed, you’re likely to find later that you have burrs stuck to your socks, pants, shoelaces, sweater, hair . . . anything that those tiny hooks could attach themselves to. Burdock burrs stay with you for the length of your journey, until you’re finally where you need to be. This is the burdock plant’s method of preparing for the future—it sends out its seeds with any passerby, so that new plants can take root far and wide. Burdock teaches us to send along our own seeds of hope with each encounter, and to recognize the messages others have sent along with us to disseminate. As our loved ones and acquaintances navigate life, what kernels can we give them to one day plant in the world? And what seeds have we been given to disperse?
After a massage, drink burdock root tea or dine on burdock root soup to enhance lymphatic drainage.
Try juicing fresh burdock root into your favorite fresh vegetable juice. It has a sweet, earthy taste that combines well with other flavors, and drinking it freshly juiced gets its minerals directly into your system without delay.
If you like munching on carrots, try preparing burdock root in the same way: peel it with a carrot peeler, then cut it into sticks for snacking. Its antimicrobial properties and fibrous nature help clean the teeth, keep the mouth free of unproductive bacteria, and stave off gum disease.
Offer a cup of burdock root tea to a friend who you think might be dealing with emotional or physical toxins and in need of some cleansing.