herbals dandelion

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Dandelion

Scientific:Taraxacum officinale
Other:Dandelion

Indications

Gastrointestinal
• atonic digestive complaints
- dyspepsia
- hypochlorhydria
- pancreatic insufficiency

Hepatobiliary
• biliary insufficiency
- cholestasis
- cholelithiasis (gallstones)
- jaundice

Urinary (leaf only)
edema
• calculi

Musculoskeletal
• chronic rheumatism
• arthritis
gout

Actions

bitter
stomachic
cholagogue
• cholarectic
diuretic (leaves)
• alterative
choleretic
antimicrobial
• laxative (mild)

Constituents

• Sesquiterpene lactones (e.g. taraxacin)
• Flavonoids
• Triterpenoids
• Inulin (roots)
• Phenoilc acids
Potassium (leaf)

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 5-10 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 25% EtOH): 2-6 ml tid
• Decoction (dried root): 2-3 tsp g tid
• Infusion (dried leaf): 1-2 tsp tid

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

References

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Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

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Brinker F. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines, 3rd ed. Sandy, Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications, 2000.

Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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