Health Burdock Root For Dogs and Cats
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Folk herbalists considered dried burdock to be a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent. The seeds of A. lappa are used in traditional Chinese medicine, under the name niubangzi (Chinese: 牛蒡子; pinyin: niúbángzi; Some dictionaries list the Chinese as just 牛蒡 niúbàng.) Burdock is a traditional medicinal herb that is used for many ailments. Burdock root oil extract, also called Bur oil, is currently used in Europe under the belief that it is a useful scalp treatment. Modern studies indicate that burdock root oil extract is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids (including rare long-chain EFAs). Main Constituents
- Minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, thiamine, silicon, inulin, and riboflavin
- Vitamin B2
- blood cleansing
- liver and gallbladder stimulant
Common Uses in Dogs Burdock is a highly effective herb for the detoxification of the body. Its chemical constituents can remove toxic substances that are increasingly threatening the health of our dogs. Burdock can be used as a long-term nutritive liver tonic to clean and build the blood. It is also useful in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatoid disorders, kidney and bladder diseases resulting from poor waste elimination. It also has diuretic action that helps to eliminate waste materials from the body. In addition, when taken as a tea or tincture, burdock root is effective in treating chronic or acute psoriasis or eczema. It can also treat flaky, oily, or inflammatory skin disorders as a result of an overload of toxic substances in the body. One of its main constituents, inulin, is anti-inflammatory and helps correct imbalances of the immune system. As burdock is a healthy food with no toxicity found, it can be given to our dogs in liberal quantity. Decoction of fresh or dried burdock root can be mixed in with our dog’s food. Alternatively, a strong tincture of fresh or dried root in glycerin can also be used.