Čičak – Arctium lappa (Asteraceae)
Čičak – Arctium lappa (Asteraceae)
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Arctium lappa radix, root has been used for years to heal many conditions, among them measles, acne, ulcers, tonsilitis, the aches and pains of arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica and swollen joints. But these days, the most promising use is in oncology. Some of the benefits of Arctium lappa radix, Root is its use as nature’s best „blood purifier“ that helps to rid the body of deleterious toxins and clear congestion from the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory and urinary systems. In one study Arctium lappa radix, was found to protect the liver cells from the damage of taking acetaminophen. It is believed to stimulate the gallbladder and encourage liver cells to regenerate. Arctium lappa radix, tinctures are a natural remedy rich in such elements as calcium, potassium, iron, copper, chromium, inulin, resin flavonoids, mucilage, chlorogenic acid, lactone and a series of vitamins. The Chinese used it as an herbal aphrodisiac, and it has been found to be effective for fertility and impotence. It was also used to balance hormone levels that attribute to PMS, fibroids, endometriosis by improving the livers ability to metabolize hormones such as estrogen and thereby improve the symptoms associated with this type of imbalance. Arctium lappa radix, extracts alleviate excess water weight and help to keep the skin clear and healthy and, as a matter of fact, it is believed to help keep the entire body clear and healthy! Burdock is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids that help to maintain a healthy scalp and promote hair growth. Arctium lappa radix, is sometimes used by some burn care workers for pain management and to speed healing time in natural burn treatments.
Arctium lappa radix, is said to cleanse and eliminate long-term impurities from the blood very rapidly through its action on both the liver and kidneys. It is thought to be useful in situations involving exposure to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke or air pollution, heavy metals such as mercury, lead or arsenic in the blood. Arctium lappa radix, is thought to help heal a damaged liver and protect it from further damage. It is also thought to promote the flow and release of bile, which not only helps to cleanse the liver, but it also aids the digestive process and help many stomach conditions, such as indigestion, stomach pains, constipation, diarrhea and digestive weakness.
As a diaphoretic and diuretic, Arctium lappa radix, promotes sweating, which helps to release toxins through the skin and also promotes increased urine, further eliminating toxins via the kidneys and bladder. The increased flow of urine relieves both the kidney and lymphatic system and has many beneficial effects. It rids the body of excess water weight, relieves swelling around joints and alleviates edema. It helps to clear the blood of harmful acids due to calcification deposits, and overburdened blood is a major factor behind arthritis, fevers, infections and skin diseases. This makes it very useful for inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatism, osteoarthritis, scrofula and swellings of the neck and throat. Arctium lappa radix, helps to flush uric acid from the system, thereby shortening a gout attack. Arctium lappa radix, also contains the carbohydrate inulin, which is believed to correct irregularities of the immune system and reduce inflammation and pain and is commonly used in the treatment of gout.
High amounts of inulin and mucilage in Arctium lappa radix, give splendid soothing effects on the gastro-intestinal tract. And inulin itself provides a helpful sugar for diabetics and hypoglycemics. It is said to lower blood sugar levels and benefit both the liver and pancreas. Arctium lappa radix, also appears to increase carbohydrate tolerance and prevents hyperglycemia, another possible benefits for diabetics.
Arctium lappa radix, is used in oncology today for its cancer curing properties, particularly in Russia and India. Many herbalists say that the root can stop cancer cells from mastasizing. And Japanese researchers have isolated a substance in Arctium lappa radix, named the „B-factor,“ that is said to reduce cell mutation. There is also a dietary fiber in Arctium lappa seed, called „arctin,“ that may slow or stop the growth of malignant disease in the breast in its early stages and may also have similar benefits against colon and pancreatic malignancies.
One of the most enduring uses of Arctium lappa radix, is to treat colds and flu, along with other respiratory conditions. Arctium lappa radix, was used by ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic healers to fight infection and ward off colds and influenza. Used in this capacity, Arctium lappa radix, tinctures can boost the immune system and provide the body the necessary nutrients to fight off infections. Additionally, Arctium lappa radix, has been used to treat HIV and AIDS. The herb is a powerful immune booster that may help your body fight off the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Arctium lappa radix, may also help cleanse the bloodstream and lymphatic system of toxins that can speed the progress of AIDS.
One of the active components of Arctium lappa radix, is sesquiterpene lactones, which are active plant chemicals found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. The antioxidants in Arctium lappa radix, inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi and this prevents the infection penetration, which is especially useful in treating the skin. It is a helpful herbal remedy for treating athlete’s foot, dandruff and diaper rash, Streptococcus bacteria and many disease-causing fungi. Arctium lappa radix, is thought to kill ringworm. It can help significantly to relieve boils, skin ulcers, carbuncles, canker sores, eczema, psoriasis, skin cancers, bug bites, sores, poison oak, poison ivy, swellings, leprosy, wounds and hemorrhoids.
Arctium lappa radix, is a favorite among herbalists to treat acne and rosacea. It has been used to clear the skin of redness and blemishes. Arctium lappa radix, works effectively to treat acne and dryness of the skin, especially when these complaints are due to poor diet, constipation or liver burden. It is also thought to be helpful in other diseases caused by toxicity in the blood, including syphilis and gonorrhea. Arctium lappa radix, is often used by some burn units for pain management and to speed healing time in natural burn treatments. It is believed to ease dressing changes and appears to impede bacterial growth on the wound site and it provides a great moisture barrier.
Arctium lappa radix, restores and maintains a healthy scalp and hair. It also helps improve scalp conditions and irritations. It helps to reverse dandruff and combat hair loss. It provides an immediate relieving effect with nutritional support of normal functions of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles and stimulates hair growth.
Ingredients: Arctium lappa radix,, Structured Water, 90% Alcohol.
Non-Alcohol: Arctium lappa radix, Structured Water, and Vegetable Glycerin.
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Instructions: Use 10-20 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: Large amounts (many times the recommended dosage) of Arctium lappa radix, may cause uterine stimulation; therefore, it is always advisable for pregnant women to consult a physician before taking it. Do not take Arctium lappa radix, without talking to your doctor first if you are taking diabetic medicine (examples: insulin, Glucophage(R) metformin, DiaBeta(R) Glynase(R) glyburide).
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Burdock Arctium lappa
Medically reviewed on Jun 7, 2018
What is Burdock?
Burdock is native to Europe and northern Asia; it is naturalized in the US. The plant is a member of the Asteraceae, or daisy, family, with large oval leaves and broad pinkish flowers. Burdock has long, hard root pieces.
Burdock also is known as bardana, beggar’s buttons, clotbur, edible burdock, Fructus arctii, great bur, great burdocks, lappa, and Niu Bang Zi (Chinese).
What is it used for?
In traditional medicine, the fruits, seeds, roots, and leaves of burdock have been used as extracts or teas for a wide range of ailments including colds, gout, rheumatism, stomach ailments, and cancers, and to promote urination, increase sweating, and facilitate bowel movements. It has also been promoted to increase sexual desire, and used for various skin problems. Burdock root is commonly used as food in Asia. Some US health stores carry fresh burdock root for sale as a food and nutraceutical.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects have been described for burdock whole root extract, as well as for its chemical components. Diabetes, cancer, CNS conditions, stomach ulcer, and inflammation of the colon are under investigation for possible burdock use; however, not enough clinical evidence is available.
What is the recommended dosage?
There is no clinical evidence for burdock dosing. Traditional dosages report up to 12 g of dry root per day and up to 2 mL of liquid seed extract.
Contraindications have not yet been identified.
Avoid use. Documented adverse effects.
None well documented.
Allergic skin irritation and severe, whole-body allergic reaction have been reported.
Burdock is generally considered a safe and edible food product, but toxicology studies are lacking.
1. Burdock. Review of Natural Products. Facts & Comparisons [database online]. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Health Inc; October 2014.
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