Dandelion root has long been used because of its therapeutic effects and healing properties. Namely, its benefits for cancer treatment and liver detoxification are accepted by various cultures worldwide.
– In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s used in combination with other herbal remedies to help treat bronchitis, pneumonia, upper respiratory infection, hepatitis, and more. It’s also used as a compress for breast inflammation (mastitis).
– In Traditional Arabian medicine, it’s used to treat spleen and liver disorders.
– The Native American tribes of North America made decorations and infusions of the herb and root to treat heartburn, kidney disease, and dyspepsia.
Here Are the Dandelion Root Uses:
Dandelion root possesses potent medicinal properties that may help boost the function of your liver and stomach, promote bile and cause diuretic effects to remove metabolic wastes and toxins through your urine.
It’s used as an herbal remedy for:
– Eyesight: Poor vision and night blindness
– Blood: Poor blood circulation and high blood pressure
– Inflammation: Muscle spasms, gout, joint pain, and arthritis
– Skin: Psoriasis, eczema, and acne
– Kidneys: Infections and kidney stones
– Liver: Cancer, liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver dysfunction
– Lungs: Cancer, infections, wheezing, bronchitis, and asthma
– Gallbladder: Gallstones
– Digestion: Dyspepsia, acid reflux, gastritis, and poor digestion
Sesquiterpene lactones, i.e., the bitter ingredients in dandelion root, may help relieve the symptoms of digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome.
Dandelion Root May Help Fight Many Cancer Types
Scientists have found that dandelion is a potential cancer fighter. It has been found to be successful with liver, breast, colon, and prostate cancer. But, it has been found to work best for lung cancer.
Dandelion flowers, root, and leaves may bring you various health benefits because of their potent phytonutrients and antioxidants.
In fact, free radical damage is a major cause of cancer. Luckily, dandelion has powerful properties that help fight free radical damage and partially kill many cancerous cells in the human body.
Dandelion root may help decelerate the growth of cancer, prevent and retard the spreading process.
Some scientists claim that the high vitamin K level found in the plant plays an important role in cancer treatment.
A 2011 study conducted in Canada showed that the root extract could stimulate melanoma cell death without affecting the healthy cells. After a large number of experiments, the researchers concluded that dandelion root could present a potential non-toxic solution for standard leukemia treatment.
Additionally, dandelion is also an excellent source of another powerful flavonoid known as luteolin that may help prevent and treat cancer. This flavonoid may help destroy core components of cancerous cells, because it can attach to them and prevent them from multiplying.
Dandelion Root Helps Detoxify Your Liver
As we have already mentioned, liver detoxification is among the most powerful benefits of this natural remedy.
Author Andrew Chevallier wrote in his book Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine that dandelion supports liver detoxification and boosts the production of bile. Bile helps detoxify and filter your blood.
Nowadays, modern living does bring you various conveniences that vary from drinks and foods to medicines, skin care products and supplements.
But, with convenience may come a particular level of toxins, which may lead to a wide range of ailments. Your liver will start working too hard to eliminate toxins and keep your body free of toxins.
Luckily, dandelion root may help restore hydration as well as electrolyte balance, thus improving your liver function. Also, it may help stimulate toxin removal.
Taraxacerin, a bitter compound found in dandelion root, may help increase bile flow level released by your gallbladder. That’s why this natural remedy may help detoxify your liver effectively.
A study conducted on mice found that the extract of dandelion root contributed to healing liver damage related to drinking too much alcohol. Moreover, it also helped remove toxins from the blood.
What’s more, in a similar study conducted on mice, the leaves of dandelion root reduced insulin resistance, promoted optimal lipid profiles, and suppressed the accumulation of fat in the liver. The antioxidant agents present in dandelion were found to have preventive effects against hepatoxicity.
The remedy is well used in cases of liver cirrhosis, hepatitis and jaundice. However, people that suffer from obstructive jaundice shouldn’t use it.
Homemade Dandelion Root Tea and Juice for Cancer Fighting and Liver Detoxification
- Homemade Dandelion Root Tea
Consume 1-2 cups of dandelion root tea every day to fight against cancer and detoxify your liver.
In case you want to make homemade dandelion root tea, keep reading. It is a fact that the plant grows wild. However, make sure that you pick the real dandelion, because there’re many other plants that look similar to dandelion.
You should dig up dandelion plants as well as keep their root intact.
Afterwards, you need to separate the root from flowers, leaves, and stems. Clean and wash them thoroughly under running water.
Dandelion flowers and leaves have their own health benefits, so avoid throwing them away. You may want to add chopped dandelion leaves to the tea after removing it from the heat for extra health benefits.
Add 1 qt. of drinking water to a stainless steel pot and bring it to a boil.
You should chop the dandelion root coarsely and put 2 tsp. of it to the saucepan. You need to cover it and let it simmer for sixty seconds.
Remove it from the heat and allow it to steep for about forty minutes.
Finally, strain it and drink the tea.
- Homemade Dandelion Root Juice
You should dig up around twenty dandelion roots. Clean and wash them thoroughly under running water to eliminate the soil. Next, cut up them. Make sure that the roots can be fed through a juicer chute.
You should start with a tsp. daily and slowly consume up to three tbsp. depending on the tolerance of your body. The remedy may be extremely bitter, and it is actually the bitterness, which does work its magic. Avoid masking the taste unless you really can’t take it.
You can add a tbsp. to one glass of water with some freshly squeezed lemon juice. The lemon juice can help decrease the bitterness and improve the absorption.
Drink it half an hour before your meal. You will probably see some improvement in about twenty days.