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Great Burdock Achene (Fructus Arctii) (Niu Bang Zi)

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Great Burdock Achene (Fructus Arctii) (Niu Bang Zi)

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Great Burdock Achene can be used in the following occasions: Common cold, high fever, small intolerance in cold, levitation and palpitations. It can also be used in acute pharyngitis and tonsillitis. Avoid using it if you suffer from diarrhoea.

Kouvatsos Philippos, Clinical dietician nutritionist

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 Lappa burdock (Arctium lappa) is in Greek known as arktio, kolitsida, platomantila, platomantilida and it belongs to the Asteraceae (Compositae) family.

This herb has been known since ancient times. Dioscorides (1st cent. AD), the Greek physician and herbalist, valued burdock for its act against liver and lung cancer. British herbalist Culpeper (1653) wrote that it helped those spitting foul, mattery and bloody phlegm when combined with pinecone seeds. He also claimed that its leaves poulticed with egg whites soothe the heat and pain of burns and help healing.

Lappa burdock grows in clay soils, by roadsides, on waste ground and about old buildings, in sunny glades.

This stout, erect plant is biennial and grows taller than one meter. Its leaves are cordiform, wavy, with round edges. Its corymbose inflorescence has a diameter 4 cm and it consists of round heads and long stems. Flowers are purple, similar to blessed milk thistle flowers. Fruits are covered with rough sharp prickles, known as “burdock bur”. Root and rhizome are used for medicinal purposes and collected in September or October.

Lappa burdock contains flavonoid glucosides, bitter glucosides, alkaloids, an antibacterial substance, inulin and mineral salts such as iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, titanium etc. Its leaves are very rich in vitamin C, much richer than carrots, potatoes and other vegetables.

Lappa burdock has alterative, diuretic and bitter properties. It can be used for treating skin conditions that result in dry and scaly skin and, when used for a long period, against psoriasis and eczema. It can be helpful in rheumatic problems, especially those connected with psoriasis. Its bitter stimulation effects on gastric fluids and secretion of bile can also be useful as it helps digestion and promotes appetite. It can be used in case of anorexia nervosa. It helps the kidney function and can be used against cystitis. In general, lappa burdock brings harmony and balance to the organism, treating symptoms of imbalance such as skin conditions and dandruff. Externally, a compress can be applied to accelerate healing of ulcers and wounds or to treat psoriasis and eczema. However, it should be kept in mind that such conditions are cured internally. For skin conditions, it can be combined with curly dock, clover or stickyweed. To prepare a decoction, pour a teaspoonful of the root in a cup of water and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Filter and drink three times a day.

*Sakis Kouvatsos, “Chaniotika nea”

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