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Dandelion leaf is a very powerful diuretic.
Triterpenes: taraxol, taraxerol, (psi)-tarazasterol, (beta)-amyrin, stigmasterol, (beta)-sitosterol
Phenolic acids: caffeic and (rho)-hydroxyphenylacetic acids
Polysaccharides: glucans and mannans and inulin
Carotenoids such as lutein and violaxanthin
Dandelion leaf is a very powerful diuretic, its action comparable to that of the drug
Frusemide. The usual effect of a drug stimulating the kidney function is a loss of vital potassium from the body, which aggravates any cardio-vascular problem present. With Dandelion, however, we have one of the best natural sources of potassium. It thus makes an ideally balanced diuretic that may be used safely wherever such an action is needed, including in cases of water retention due to heart problems. As a hepatic & cholagogue dandelion root may be used in inflammation and congestion of liver and gall-bladder. It is specific in cases of congestive jaundice. As part of a wider treatment for muscular rheumatism it can be most effective. This herb is a most valuable general tonic and perhaps the best widely applicable diuretic and liver tonic. Ellingwood recommends the root for the following patholgies: chronic jaundice, auto-intoxication, rheumatism, blood disorders, chronic skin eruptions, chronic gastritis, aphthous ulcers.
- Put 2-3 teaspoonfuls of the root into one cup of water, bring to boil and gently simmer for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. The leaves may be eaten raw in salads.
- Take 5-l0 ml of the tincture three times a day.