Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) -
Today Burdock is widely recommended for treating dry, scaly skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, and has been used to treat acne. Burdock is one of the main herbs in essiac tea for fighting cancer. Burdock extract is also showing promise in treating the HIV virus. Burdock purifies the blood and restores liver and gallbladder function and works well as a remedy for gout, rheumatism, and arthritis. It is used to eliminate kidney stones and gallstones, gravel, and it works in treating cystitis and water retention. It has also bee used in cases of toxic shock syndrome. This herb also stimulates the immune system and relieves gout symptoms. The leaves are bitter and help stimulate digestion and relieve flatulence. Burdock helps reduce a fever accompanied by infections, but works best when taken at the onset of symptoms. The seeds are used to treat sore throat, tonsillitis, colds, and coughs. Burdock has been used to lower blood pressure in diabetics, though there is no scientific evidence to support those claims. The root stimulates the uterus serving to help regulate periods and provide strength before and after childbirth.