burdock root

    Burdock root is a vegetable.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: can be any of Arctium spp., but especially Arctium lappa (edible burdock, greater burdock, or lappa burdock)

    Common name: burdock root, edible burdock, greater burdock, lappa burdock
    Japanese name: gobo
    Korean name: ueong
    Portuguese name: bardana

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

    Family: Asteraceae [formerly called Compositae] (aster, daisy, or sunflower family)


    Origin: most of Asia and Europe

part used:

    Part Used: The washed and dried root.

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nutritional information:

    The Goddess Diet Plan calls for eating at least one serving of burdock root per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Burdock root is highly recommended in the Macrobiotic Diet.

    See also Chinese herbalism below for Chinese gender and Chinese flavor.

    [Burdock root] Is an excellent blood purifier and cleanser; aids in healing skin blemishes, arthritis & rheumatism; promotes healthy kidney function.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research

magickal correspondences and uses:

    Gender: feminine (traditional western European magickal gender)

    Magickal substitutions: Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.

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health care uses:

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Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: yin (cool)

    Chinese flavor: pungent and bitter

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    Ayurvedic Doshas: PK- V+ Pitta decreases; Kapha decreases; Vata increases.

    For more information, see the article on Ayurvedic medicine.

cautions and contraindications:

    Cautions and contraindications: Burdock is believed to be safe.

    Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).


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