Burdock Root


Origin: United States

Botanical Name: Arctium lappa

Common Names: beggar’s buttons, thorny burr

What parts of burdock root are used?

Appropriately named, the roots of this herb are used today and have been utilized for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine.

Burdock root is a vegetable that’s native to northern Asia and Europe, though it now grows in the United States, too. The deep roots of the burdock plant are very long and either brown or nearly black on the outside.  Burdock root has been used for centuries in holistic medicine to treat a variety of different conditions.

Now, researchers have discovered numerous potential uses and health benefits for burdock root.  These benefits may be extensive enough to warrant using burdock root as a complementary treatment for certain conditions.

The suggested intake of Burdock root:

  • Take only in moderation, more research is needed to determine the safety of the supplement.  Burdock is considered to be safe to eat, but you should only buy it from reputable sellers like us and should never collect it in the wild.

Here are some of the benefits known across the world about Burdock root:

  • It can help treat skin issues
  • It removes toxins from the blood
  • It may be an aphrodisiac
  • It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants
  • It may inhibit some types of cancer

Usually Prepared With:

Dandelion root, Chaparral, Red Clover, Sheep Sorrel and Yellow Dock root.

Interesting Ethnobotany Note: Burdock root is one of the primary components in the well-known historic Native American Ojibwe cancer formulation entitled, Essiac Tea. This blend became popular thanks to a Canadian nurse named Rene M. Caisse. The original Essiac blend included Burdock root, Turkey Rhubarb root, Slippery Elm bark, and Sheep Sorrel.