Plant Based Diet
Plant Based Diet
By | May 23rd, 2012 | Modified - December 7th, 2014

Benefits of Burdock Root in Detoxifying the Blood

Benefits of Burdock Root in Detoxifying the Blood
Benefits of Burdock Root in Detoxifying the Blood

For hundreds of years herbalists worldwide have used burdock root as a blood purifier. It can be used alone, but is often used in combination with yellow dock and sarsaparilla (I use burdock root and sarsaparilla). Herbalists use burdock root as a diuretic (elevates the rate of urination to remove waste from the blood and body), diaphoretic (sweating to remove toxins from the skin), and a blood purifying agent (to destroy bacteria and fungus).


Burdock root contains polyacetylene, an organic compound that has high electrical conductivity. This is one of the herbs Dr. Sebi uses in his compounds because he believes electric foods are what nourish and help keep us healthy. I know since I have changed over to a wholefood plant-based diet my energy level is through the roof, and I believe it is because of the electric foods I take in, which alkalize my body and fight against disease.

The polyacetylene in burdock root is what is believed to give burdock root its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Herbalists believe that burdock root supports liver and gall bladder function, and the herb is considered an immune system stimulant. Burdock root has been used by herbalists to treat a variety skin diseases such as abscesses, acne, carbuncles, psoriasis and eczema, through increasing circulation to the skin where the compounds in the root help to detoxify the epidermal tissues.

Burdock root contains inulin, a carbohydrate that isn't digested or absorbed in the stomach, that makes its way to the colon where it serves as a prebiotic (food) for the probiotics (good bacteria) in the colon. Burdock root improves colon health.

Budrock Root contains arctigenin which has been shown to have anticancer properties.

Studies done with animals exposed to toxic chemicals and given a burdock root tea shows it protects against cellular damage and abnormal growths, and reduced liver damage from toxic chemicals.

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I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and my plant based diet supports all that I do. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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