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Written by Deborah on November 23, 2012 – -
by Melyssa Martin
Eliminatory channels are paramount to keep in good working order so that your body can work at optimum levels. These channels are how our body gets rid of excess toxins and things we do not need to hold on to. Sometimes, we need a little boost of support to help bolster these various channels, and can turn to the alternative herbs. Alternatives help do just this, they help improve the elimination and detoxification functions of the body. One of the most widely used alternatives is burdock.
Burdock (latin name: Arctium lappa) is one commonly used herb that doesn’t seem to be talked about too much or too often. It has been around for over 3000 years and used in Africa and Europe to improve immunity and overall health. In particular, it is used to improve skin conditions, as well as urinary function. It helps by aiding the body’s processing and eliminating of the metabolic waste. This means excess fluids, uric acids and other toxins that we definitely do not want inhibiting our full potential of life.
Along with all of these grand properties, burdock is antibacterial, antifungal, a diuretic, and a bitter. The bitter element helps with stimulating the digestive function, to include increase bile secretions. This is not all!!!
Burdock has antioxidant properties and loves to scavenge the body for free radicals. This even works better with vitamin E. It is full of nutritional value containing: beta-carotene, amino acids, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, and Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C. There are some that suggest that it interferes with iron absorption. Just be aware of that potential if you decide to use it.
Burdock can be combined in various formulations and preparations to aid your body’s systems. Consult your herbal practitioner if you have any questions about how to prepare and or ways that this herb is utilized in herbal medicines. Know that for some, it might cause a reaction if you are allergic to plants in the Asters, Daisies or Sunflower family.
Whether you use your food as your medicine, or have a little herbal help once in a while, find ways to keep your eliminatory channels working well. Take a little time for some self-care, and find what works for you. Each person has their way, and each plant (including food) has their person.
Melyssa Martin is passionate about natural health and natural living. This brought her to her passion of natural health and natural living. She is a massage therapist, yoga instructor, herbalist, energy worker and enjoys learning about every aspect of natural living. She is passionate about the empowerment of others so they can find their own balance in life and have the tools to make decisions that support their own health and wellness.
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