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The word "dandelion" derives from the French "dent de lion," meaning lion's tooth. The jagged edges of the plant's shiny, smooth leaves account for its fierce-sounding name. Dandelion is one of the safest and most popular herbal remedies, and it is edible in their entirety. Dandelions, flowers, roots and leaves, have been used for centuries in traditional medicine & medicinal teas, most notably for liver detoxification, as a natural diuretic and for inflammation reduction. Dandelion leaves are believed to have a diuretic effect as they increase salt and water excretion from the kidneys Unlike other diuretics, dandelion leaves contain potassium, a mineral that is often lost during increased urination. There is also evidence that this property of dandelion leaves may normalize blood sugar. Dandelion is even being explored as a treatment for cancer and other conditions.
Extract of dandelion leaves is a powerful diuretic. Unlike many conventional diuretics, dandelion leaves do not leach potassium from the body. In fact, the leaves of dandelion extract are so rich in this mineral that they function as a potassium supplement. This diuretic action is responsible for the dandelion's use as a treatment for high blood pressure.
1) It is a general stimulant to the system, but especially to the urinary organs, and is chiefly used in kidney and liver disorders.
2) In folk medicine, Dandelion is also used as a remedy for hemorrhoids, gout, rheumatism, eczema, other skin conditions, and diabetes. Its effectiveness for these problems has not, however, been verified.
3) In Asian medicine, dandelion is used to treat chronic ulcers, stiff joints, and tuberculosis. It is also used to induce milk production in nursing mothers and to soothe inflamed breast tissue.