Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index by Interflyer

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name dandelion


Scientific Name Taraxacum officinale

Description - A very nutritious plant found growing in the United States, Canada and Europe. - It has a number of beneficial medicinal qualities including a natural diuretic and digestive aid. - The single yellow flower has a substance called Lecithin or (phosphorus fatty acids) that are produced in our bodies or found organically in nature. It helps to metabolize fats so they don't accumulate in the liver or heart. Lecithin also found in myelin sheaths of our nerves, where it protects nerves from stress and infection. -Helenin , also a substance found in the dandelion flower, added to vitamin A and fish oil, has been known to be used for correcting night vision.

Uses - Treat liver function and disorders ( Hepatitis, jaundice) - Aids the liver in removing excess estrogen from a womans body which helps restore a healthy hormone balance. - Increases the production of bile which aids the digestive tract (gallbladder and gallstones.) - protects nerves from infection - Flower: used in conjunction with Vitamin A and fish oil for correcting night vision. Steamed along with the leaves for an addition to salads. - Leaves: A juice can be extracted from the leaves -Root: A Tea or coffee like beverage is made from dried chopped root , and the leaves.

Notes Has no serious side effects. It may cause a skin rash , upset stomach, or diarrhea.

Possible Side Effects

REMINDER If you have a medical condition such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, palpatations, high blood sugar or other medical conditions talk to your doctor before taking supplements.