Arctium lappa


Arctium lappa


This plant is very widely distributed and can be found growing in field borders, roadsides, and empty spaces across China, Europe, Britain, North America and several other landmasses. Most people are familiar with the flowers of Burdock which form globe shaped clusters around the top of the stem covered with a dense alignment of stiff "hooks" that will cling to anything they touch. The root is very delicious and is served in Chinese, Korean, and other Asian dishes prepared by peeling and cooking the whole root. The leaves of some species can reach 3 feet in diameter and produce very large roots. Burdock is a member of the Sunflower, or Compositae, family and is sometimes called beggar's buttons, or thorny burr.

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Traditional Health Benefits of Burdock

Digestive Support, Immune Support, Liver & Cleanse Support, Beauty & Radiance Support

What is Burdock Used for?

Burdock is a versatile plant frequently classified by herbalists as an alterative, a plant, which among other things influences the blood and lymph. It has bitter principles, which encourage healthy digestion and appetite. Burdock also supports healthy and vital skin with a clear complexion. One of the ways it functions to do so is by promoting normal liver function and by supporting the detoxification process in the body.

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Active Constituents of Burdock

flavonoids; gobosterin, essential oil, fatty oil, bitter glycosides, alkaloids, tannins, polyacetylenes, inulin, resin and mucilage.

Parts Used

Root, Seed

Additional Resources

1.) Carlotto J, de Souza LM, Baggio CH, et al. Polysaccharides from Arctium lappa L.: Chemical structure and biological activity. Int J Biol Macromol. 2016;91:954-60. 2.) Chan, Y. S., Cheng, L. N., Wu, J. H., Chan, E., Kwan, Y. W., Lee, S. M., Leung, G. P., Yu, P. H., and Chan, S. W. A review of the pharmacological effects of Arctium lappa (burdock). Inflammopharmacology. 2011;19(5):245-254.

Important Precautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs, please consult with your doctor before use


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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