The healing properties of dandelion

Although dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is most commonly used as a salad ingredient, this herb also has other potential uses. Unfortunately, studies on the effectiveness and safety of dandelion are conflicting and strong recommendations cannot be made.

Traditional uses include
• Detoxifying liver and kidneys
• Preventing and dissolving gallstones
• Lowering hypertension
• Diuretic

Interesting facts
Dandelion is most commonly used as a food. The leaves are used in salads and teas, while the roots are sometimes used as a coffee substitute.

Dandelion grows easily, and can often be seen along roads and across meadows in the United States and Europe. The flowers are bright yellow and bloom throughout most of the year.

Caution
Generally, dandelion is regarded as very safe. However, people who should not use dandelion include those with:
• Gallstones
• Bile duct obstruction
• Ulcers or gastritis
• Fluid or water retention
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