What's the deal with Dandelion?
Dandelion has two particularly important uses in the body. The first is to promote the formation of bile from the liver and secondly to help to remove excess water from the body, especially when resulting from liver problems. Dandelion Root should be considered primarily as a liver tonic and bile stimulant. As well as this, it has the added benefit of lessening the tendency to form gallstones. It has proven so beneficial in this regard that it has been included in therapeutic programs where the person has a history of stone formation or where gallstones are suspected.
Dandelion can also support liver function by acting as a blood purifier. It is an excellent blood cleanser and is most effective on the liver, kidneys and skin. It can also gradually restore tone to the entire digestive tract. This herb is one of the best products for inducing the flow of bile and gastric juice and it will stimulate the kidneys, gall bladder, bladder, liver, spleen and pancreas. Dandelion is an excellent herb to give to people who are suffering from hypoglycaemia and diabetes. This is because the root of this herb contains inulin, which can have a regulating effect on the pancreas.
It is very high in vitamins and minerals, such as iron, copper, silicon, magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sulphur, vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C, and D. It also contains some protein and the liver regulating substance choline. This makes dandelion an invaluable herb to help keep these nutrient levels up in the body. It is also a good herb to use when a diuretic action is needed. This is caused by the high level of potassium in dandelion, and for its diuretic properties, Dandelion Leaf is usually used.
Dandelion can also be used in cases of gout. This is because of the high amounts of sulphur it contains, which will help to eliminate urea and uric acid.
At healthy.co.nz we stock Organic Dandelion Leaf tea & Dandelion Capsules. With the Dandelion capsules, some people find it of benefit to slowly increase to the recommended dosage, as it is such a powerful liver cleanse. Start by taking one capsule a day and increase by one capsule every couple of days.
We also stock Golden Fields Dandelion Coffee, in bags and also loose grounds. Start with just 1 very weak cup and slowly increase this amount. You will know if you are increasing this too quickly because you will feel sluggish. Some people describe this feeling, as feeling like they have a hangover.