The Medicinal Properties of Dandelions

dandelions in a field

Although Westerners commonly view dandelions as a type of weed, this plant has several beneficial effects on human health which western medicine has only begun exploring.

Dandelion has been used for centuries both internally and externally by Asian cultures as a medicinal used for digestive disorders, appendicitis, and breast problems (such as inflammation or lack of milk flow). Now we find this plant being studied by western science for its medicinal value.

The most recent study is a German study completed in 2009. As a result of this and other German studies dandelion root has been approved in Germany for, "... anorexia, dyspepsia, and biliary abnormalities," (Garner-Wizard 2009). In non-medical jargon dyspepsia is indigestion and biliary abnormalities are bile duct disorders. Bile is essential for digestion. It is a fluid secreted by the liver and gall bladder to emulsify fats for digestion. Researchers found dandelion increased the flow of bile by 3 to 4 times.