Taraxacum Officinale also called is Kanphool or Dandelion, is used in the alternative medicine for the management of several diseases. It can be used to obtain relief from the symptoms of kidney and bone disorders. It is also used for treating warts and acne. The use of this medication has been found to be beneficial for the patients suffering from diabetes.
HOW IT WORKS
Taraxacum has a high medicinal value. It can improve the functions of the kidneys by acting as a diuretic. It increases the secretion of urine. It is also used as a detoxifier to ensure the elimination of toxins from the body through urination.
Taraxacum also acts a purgative. The hepatoprotective properties of this plant help in the treatment and prevention of liver disorders. It also acts as a mild laxative. This herb can also be used to improve digestion and increase appetite. Taraxacum is useful for treating skin problems such as warts and acne.
THINGS TO KNOW
Taraxacum Officinale possesses strong medicinal properties and several essential nutrients. It is rich in iron, magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium as well as vitamin C. It also contains a high amount of proteins, and carbohydrates.
A crystalline substance, taraxacerin, presents in Taraxacum produces a favorable effect on the overall functioning of the organs. It contains other chemical compounds including phytosterols, taraxasterol, and humotaraxasterol.
INDICATIONS & USES
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disorders
- Bone disorders
- General debility
Taraxacum can be used in a dose of 9 to 12 grams per day. The use of this herb continuously for more than 6 weeks should be avoided.
BENEFITS & EFFECTIVENESS
Taraxacum is commonly used for enhancing the functions of the liver and the digestive tract. It can help to treat warts. It is also used for improving the bone health. The use of this herb is highly recommended for the patients suffering from diabetes, anemia, and acne.
Bone and joint disorders
Taraxacum is rich in calcium, which is needed for the growth and development of bones. A regular use of this herb can make the bones stronger and less porous. It can increase the bone mineral density and prevent the risk of osteoporosis induced fractures.
Taraxacum is also rich in antioxidants such as Luteolin and vitamin C, both of which protect the bones from the age-related damage. The impairment of the bone and joint tissues due to free radicals can be prevented using this herb. (1)
Digestive Liver Disorders
Taraxacum can be used to support the digestive functions. It also promotes the liver functions by acting as a hepatoprotective agent. The antioxidants in this herb can prevent damage to the liver and increase the production of enzymes in it.
It can be used to treat liver disorders such as jaundice, cirrhosis, and hepatitis. It prevents jaundice by curbing the production of bile in the liver. It also promotes the removal of excess bile from the body. (2)
Taraxacum is also used to maintain a proper flow of bile, and reduce the risk of gallstones. It also promotes digestion. The proper digestion of food achieved through the use of Taraxacum can result in a reduced risk of constipation, bloating, and flatulence.
It can increase the absorption of food in the stomach and intestine thus preventing the diseases caused due to the deficiency of vital nutrients like general debility and anemia.
Taraxacum can be used to control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. It works by stimulating the secretion of insulin in the pancreas. The diuretic nature of this herb results in an increased urination in the diabetic patients. This action helps to eliminate the excess sugar from the body. Taraxacum is also used to prevent the complications of diabetes affecting the kidneys such as diabetic nephropathy. (3)
Taraxacum produces a diuretic action. It can support the elimination of the deposits of toxins in the kidneys and urinary tract. It can detoxify the body by removing harmful toxic substances accumulated in different organs and tissues. It also possesses disinfectant properties, which help to inhibit the microbial growth in the kidneys. Hence, it is commonly used in the treatment of urinary infections. (4)
It can reduce the symptoms of urinary infections such as burning, pus in urine, and painful urination.
The use of Taraxacum is recommended for the patients suffering from warts. It is also useful in treating skin conditions caused due to the bacterial and fungal infections. The highly alkaline nature of Taraxacum coupled with its germicidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties help to destroy the microorganisms thus clearing up the infections and restoring the health of the skin.
Taraxacum is also used for treating common symptoms affecting the skin such as itching, eczema, and ringworm. (5)
The detoxifying effect of this herb can help in preventing acne. It can also regularize the physiological and hormonal changes occurring in the body during puberty and thus, prevent acne during this phase. It can also protect the skin from the deposits of toxic substances on its surface thus keeping it clean and clear.
Taraxacum is rich in antioxidants, which can destroy the cancer-causing agents like free radicals, thus reducing the risk of cancer. This herb can also detoxify the body, and protect the organs against the development of cancers. (6)
SAFETY & TOXICOLOGY
Taraxacum may cause a few side effects when used by the patients suffering from gall bladder disorders that cause obstruction of the bile duct such as gall bladder stone.
The strong diuretic effect of this herb may affect the health of the fetus when used by a pregnant woman. Hence, its use should be avoided during pregnancy.
Taraxacum can increase the blood sugar-lowering effects of the anti-diabetic drug and cause severe hypoglycemia. Hence, patients using any medicines for diabetes should refrain from using Taraxacum.
Overdose Side Effects
When used in a higher dose, Taraxacum may cause skin rashes, loose motions, heartburn, and stomach discomfort.