Dandelion root is an excellent liver tonic, clearing obstructions, reducing congestion, and stimulating the liver to eliminate toxins through the blood. It promotes bile flow, supporting digestion and it also has a laxative effect. Dandelion root has been used for ages and is still used today, and as studies continue, more benefits of the root are being found. For instance Dandelion root is easily made into a tincture to treat gout, acne, and eczema.
Dandelion root is actually healthy for the entire digestive system and is a really good herb even for those who don't have serious liver problems like cirrhosis. It is a natural source of protein. It is rich in vitamin A and is an excellent source of vitamin B, C and E. It is also a mild chloretic, that is, an agent for stimulating the release of bile from the liver into the gallbladder. The herb is used to support treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder disorders, especially the incomplete digestion of fats.
Dandelion root is also known to be an excellent blood cleanser, specifically for the liver, as well as a mild laxative. Inulin, one of the major chemicals in Dandelion, is currently being studied extensively for its immunostimulatory function.
Dandelion root is even used to treat jaundice and hepatitis as well as gall bladder problems. It is an antiviral agent and is used as an appetite stimulant, a digestive aid and may improve the health and function of natural bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Studies have also reported it may help to improve liver and gallbladder function.
Dandelion is also a natural diuretic that is naturally high in potassium. Potassium is often depleted from the body with pharmaceutical diuretics, but dandelion root replenishes the potassium lost from the body.
Dandelion root is also commonly available as capsules and as a hydroalcoholic tincture in addition to being the principle ingredient in numerous brands of coffee substitutes. The practice of 'juicing' Dandelion root is also becoming popular.
A leaf decoction can be drunk to "purify the blood", for the treatment of anemia, jaundice, and also for nervousness. Dandelion root is one of the safest and most popular herbal remedies on the market and is widely used today.
Dandelion root is contraindicated in cases of bile duct blockage, gall bladder empyrema, ileus or bowel obstruction of any kind. In cases of gall stones, seek the advice of a qualified physician.