Burdock is a plant found in Europe and Asia. It’s easy to find and identify, as it generally grows along fences and roads. In Asia, the taproot of young burdock plant is harvested and eaten as a vegetable. It has a gummy consistency and is sweet to the taste. It is rich in calcium, chlorogenic acid, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin and taraxosterol.
In folk medicine, the seeds of the burdock were compressed to make a mixture that provided relief for measles, arthritis, tonsillitis, throat pain and viruses like the common cold. Burdock root can also be used to treat gout, rheumatism, ulcers, acne, eczema and psoriasis.
In the Puriti Programs, we used dried burdock root as a diuretic, diaphoretic and a blood purifying agent. It purifies the blood by getting rid of dangerous toxins.