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Dandelion: More Than Just A Bothersome Garden Weed

By Michelle Newport Published 12/15/2006 | Alternative Medicine
Many people know Dandelion as one of the bothersome little weeds that pop up all over the yard, but Dandelion is actually an herb that has been used for centuries for many ailments such as liver disorders, high cholesterol and breast cancer.

Dandelion originates in Greece. The Chinese began sharing the benefits of this herb around the 7th century, while the Europeans have been utilizing the benefits of Dandelion for more than 500 years. Studies have shown Dandelion to be beneficial for hepatitis, jaundice and gallstones.  It is considered to be a blood purifying herb and may be useful in treating anemia.

Other uses include:
        • Acne 
  • Age Spots 
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Blisters
  •  Blood Cleanser 
  •  Bronchitis
  •  Constipation
    •  Corns
  •  Cramps
  •  Dermatitis
  •  Diabetes
  •  Eczema
  •  Edema
  •  Endurance
  •  Fatigue
  •  Female Organs
  •  Fever
  •  Gas
  •  Gout
  •  Hemorrhage
  •  Indigestion
  •  Infections
  •  Kidneys
  •  Metabolism 
  •  Pancreas
  •  PMS
  •  Psoriasis
  •  Rheumatism
    •  Skin Ailments
  •  Spleen
  •  Stomach
  •  Ulcers
  •  Warts

Dandelion has mild diuretic properties and promotes urination to release excess fluids from the body. For this reason, many experience weight loss which is due to water weight. Medications which are used as diuretics can deplete potassium in the body. Dandelion, however, is a natural diuretic that contains potassium. It is beneficial for conditions of inflammation of the joints as it stimulates the body's ability to rid itself of uric acid. Dandelion is also very useful in conditions of the breast and is used to treat ailments such as fibrocystic breast disorder and in some cultures has been used for hundreds of years to treat breast cancer. Since this herb is a diuretic, it is also beneficial for breast tenderness due to water retention and is also beneficial for promoting lactation in nursing moms.

Rich in nutrients, Dandelion contains A, C and B-complex vitamins as well as other nutrients such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and zinc.


Dandelion is a very mild, safe herb. It can be used for long periods of time with no adverse effects. However, it is not recommended for individuals who have dry conditions that involve deficiency of fluids in the body.

Basic Herbalism by Horne & Robinson, 2000
Today's Herbal Health by Louise Tenney, 2000
Secrets of Chinese Herbalism by Khalsa & Horne, 2005