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Alternate Title

Alternate Title

Taraxacum officinale

Category

Herbs & Supplements

Synonyms

Artemetin, Asteraceae (family), beta- carotene, blowball, caffeic acid, cankerwort, Cichoroideae (sub- family), clock flower, common dandelion, Compositae (family), dandelion herb, dandelion T- 1 extract, dent de lion, diente de lion, dudhal, dumble- dor, epoxide, esculetin, fairy clock, fortune teller, hokouei- kon, huang hua di ding, Irish daisy, Lactuceae (tribe), Leontodon taraxacum, lion's teeth, lion's tooth, lowenzahn (German), lowenzahnwurzel (German), maelkebotte, milk gowan, min- deul- rre, mok's head, mongoloid dandelion, pee in the bed, pissenlit, piss- in- bed, potassium, pries' crown, priest's crown, puffball, pu gong ying, pu kung ying, Radix taraxaci, swine snout, taraxaci herba, taraxacum, Taraxacum mongolicum, Taraxacum palustre, Taraxacum vulgare, taraxasteryl acetate, telltime, vitamin A, white endive, wild endive, witch gowan, witches' milk, yellow flower earth nail.

Background

Dandelion is a member of the Asteraceae/ Compositae family closely related to chicory. It is a perennial herb native to the Northern hemisphere and found growing wild in meadows, pastures, and waste grounds of temperate zones. Most commercial dandelion is cultivated in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the United Kingdom.

Dandelion was commonly used in Native American medicine. The Iroquois, Ojibwe, and Rappahannock prepared the root and herb to treat kidney disease, upset stomach, and heartburn. In traditional Arabian medicine, dandelion has been used to treat liver and spleen ailments. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), dandelion is combined with other herbs to treat liver disease, to enhance immune response to upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, or pneumonia, and as a compress for mastitis (breast inflammation).

Dandelion root and leaf are used widely in Europe for gastrointestinal ailments. The European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP) recommends dandelion root for the restoration of liver function, to treat upset stomach, and to treat loss of appetite. The German Commission E authorizes the use of combination products containing dandelion root and herb for similar illnesses. Some modern naturopathic physicians assert that dandelion can detoxify the liver and gallbladder, reduce side effects of medications metabolized (processed) by the liver, and relieve symptoms associated with liver disease.

Dandelion is generally regarded as safe with rare side effects including contact dermatitis, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal upset.

Dandelion is used as a salad ingredient, and the roasted root and its extracts are sometimes used as a coffee substitute.

               
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