DANDELION ROOT: A NATURAL LIVER TONIC
The first mention
of the dandelion as a medicinal plant was in writings by Arabian
physicians of the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries. Today dandelions
are cultivated primarily in India as a remedy for liver disease.
is a perennial plant found almost everywhere, to the dismay of many.
Its properties and uses include: aperient, cholague, diuretic, and
In his book
The Herb Book, John Lust writes:
dandelion has two particularly important uses; to promote the
formation of bile and to remove excess water from the body in
edema conditions resulting from liver problems. By acting to
remove poisons from the body, it acts as a tonic and stimulant.
The fresh juice is most effective, but dandelion is also prepared
as a tea. An infusion of the fresh root is said to be good for
gallstones, jaundice, and other liver problems. (49)
While I was
undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, my liver count alarmed
the doctor. He insisted I must be a drug addict and severe alcoholic.
I begged to differ with him. On several occasions he argued with
me, attempting to get me to admit something that wasn't true.
My mother, a
health food fanatic of the 1950's, always told me dandelions were
good for my liver. When I remembered what my mother told me about
dandelions, I began drinking two quarts of dandelion tea a day.
I told the Oncologist, and he insisted that there was nothing I
could take that would lower my liver count. That I should just stop
drinking and using drugs.
After one month
of drinking two quarts of dandelion tea a day, my ALT count dropped
fifty points. Since then, I've been taking dandelion root everyday.
treatment I took:
One 500 mg. organic dandelion root capsule three times per day.
I also made dandelion root tea and drank one quart every evening.