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Dandelion root has been used for centuries in homeopathic medicine to treat a wide range of illnesses. Many practitioners believe that it works to improve gallbladder and liver function and often recommend it as a liver tonic. In addition, many people claim that it is a useful diuretic and a digestive aid. It is also believed to help treat the symptoms of rheumatism, arthritis, and other kinds of chronic joint pain. Some practitioners recommend it to prevent osteoporosis as well.
Used as a diuretic, dandelion root is thought to increase the flow of urine from the body. As a result, it may help people reduce bloating by removing excess water and other impurities. In addition, the dandelion is high in nutrients, such as potassium; vitamins A, B, C and D; and iron.
One of the main uses of dandelion root is as a liver tonic. It is thought to help the liver function better and is even recommended by some practitioners to treat disorders affecting the liver. For example, since it is used to increase bile flow from the liver, it may help treat liver diseases, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and jaundice. It is also believed to help the spleen, pancreas, and gallbladder function. Generally, it affects body secretions and helps the body excrete waste.
Some people use dandelion root as an alternative to coffee. They claim that, unlike coffee, it works to help calm an upset stomach. In addition, they believe it stimulates the digestive organs. In fact, many people drink “coffee” made from the roots of dandelions with each meal to help them digest their food.
People affected by stiff joints, arthritis, rheumatism, and gout may also use dandelion root. It is thought to flush the toxins that inflame the muscles and joints from the body. In addition, practitioners claim that it helps reduce uric acid, thereby increasing joint mobility and reducing joint pain and stiffness.
Because the roots of dandelions are high in calcium and boron, they are believed to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The boron is thought to increase the levels of estrogen in the body. The increase may be helpful to preserve bone density. The calcium works to strengthen the bones of the body as well.
As with any remedy, a skilled practitioner or medical provider should be consulted before using dandelion root. Although it is safe for most people, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should use the roots with care. In addition, people who are using certain medications, such as lithium, antibiotics, and antacids, should avoid using the remedy unless they are under medical supervision.