The burdock is a member of the thistle family and is a common pasture weed throughout North America that prefers damp soils. It grows to more than 3 feet tall and is also called Thorny Burr, Happy Major, Personata, Lappa, Fox's Clote, Beggar's or Cockle Buttons and Philanthropium. 

The roots, young stems and seeds of the Burdock plant are edible. Young stalks are boiled to be eaten like asparagus, raw stems and young leaves are eaten in salads. Parts of the Burdock plant are eaten in China, Hawaii and among the Native Americans. 

It is the root of the Burdock plant that is harvested for medicinal use. The roots are about an inch wide but up to three feet long and contains vitamins B complex and E and Trace minerals of chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium and zinc. It provides inulin, a helpful sugar for diabetics and hypoglycaemia’s because it does not elicit rapid insulin production.

Medical Uses
Psoriasis and Acne, skin conditions treatment: Eating/Chewing the raw root helps increasing circulation to the skin, helping to detoxify the epidermal tissues. 

Blood Purifiers: Raw leaves eaten as a salad and the consumption of the root to help the kidneys to filter out impurities from the blood very quickly. 

Anti-tumor and Cancer properties: Drinking the dried ground root mixed with warm water, as a tea is beneficial in immune system to fight tumors. 

Cancer reducing properties: Mixing with 3 other herbs it has been used as an affective treatment to rid cancer of the liver and other tumors on internal organs.

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