Scientific Names: Arctium lappa L.
Synonym: Arctium edule Beger
English Name: Burdock root
Other names in English: Beggar’s-Buttons, Edible Burdock, Gobo, Great Burdock, Lappa, Cuckold, Harlock
Scientific Names: Arctium lappa L.
Persian Name: بابا آدم- فیل گوش- آراقیطون/ Baba Adam- Filgoush- Araghitoun
German Name: Grosse Klette, Große Klette, Eßbare Klettenwurzel, Japanische Klettenwurzel
French Name: Bardane, Bardane comestible, Glouteron, Oreille de géant, Bardane majeure
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Burdock is a two-year herbaceous plant that reaches one and a half meters in height.
The stems of the burdock plant are elongated, relatively narrow and soft, and red longitudinal lines can be seen on the surface of the stems. The taste of the stem is slightly sweet.
The leaves of this plant are wide, slightly wrinkled, and very large, sometimes reaching sixty centimeters in length and forty centimeters in width. These leaves and stems are hairy and slightly rough.
Its flower calyxes are spherical, spiked, and green, and the color of the flowers is purple. Its seed is small.
The root of this plant is sweet, soft, elongated, almost cone-shaped and relatively thick, and has a creamy skin. But inside its root is white. Its taste is slightly sweet and its smell is nauseating.
After ripening, its fruit turns into a multifaceted hazelnut-shaped, and its color turns yellow and fawn. On the top of the fruit, a bunch of yellow webs can be seen, which is sticky and sticks to the sheep’s wool when passing by, and causes the spread of seeds so as a result spreading of the plant.
Temperament: Hot and dry
Chemical Constituents: Inulin, Arctiin, Lapine, Linoleic acid, linoleic acid, Potassium carbonate, Potassium nitrate.
Burdock root is a blood purifier, blood forming, slimming, swelling remover, diuretic, sudorific and poison antidote. Its leaves are a body cleanser, remover of excess moisture, remover of body vapors, tonic, remover of swellings, pain reliever, laxative, diuretic, and diaphoretic.
Burdock root cures skin diseases and pimples, purulent pimples, pain and arthritis, rheumatism, gout, hysteria, temples, measles, scarlet fever, fever, toothache, and blood sugar. Drinking a decoction of its root or leaves or seeds is beneficial for sciatica. The boiled gargle of its root or leaf or its seed relieves toothache. Keeping a decoction of its root is a pain reliever, it strengthens the gums and cures diseases of the mouth, teeth and chest.
A poultice of smashed Burdock root helps to treat purulent pimples, wounds, eczema, joint pain, hemorrhoids, and snake and insect bites.
Rubbing a thick decoction of burdock root on the head prevents hair loss and strengthens it.
Its leaves are useful for diabetes, joint pain, sciatica, chronic wounds and inflammation of the mouth and throat.
Eating 2.5 grams of Burdock leaves along with Chilgoza fruits enemas lung pus. It heals wounds and relieves lung pain. The poultice of its leaves is useful for joint pain, wounds on the side of nails, and old and infected wounds.
Its seeds decoction is antiseptic and helps to treat pneumonia and scarlet fever.
In India, Burdock root is used for blood purification, and as diuretic, diaphoretic and antiphlogistic.
In China and Japan, the seeds, stems, and roots of this plant are used as tonics, energizers, blood purifiers, sudorific, and diuretics. Its seeds are used in decoctions with honey or diluted vinegar, and its roots and stems are also used in decoctions or in tinctures.
The decoction of its leafy stems is used to treat dizziness and rheumatism, and if a little brown sugar is added to it, it is used to treat measles.
Dose: Up to 15 grams
Modifiers: Tallow oil