What is Burdock seed extract and where to buy Burdock extract ?
Burdock is actually the common name of a genus of flowering
perennials, whose scientific name is Arctium. The easiest way to describe burdock is as the small burrs that
often get stuck on your trousers or socks when walking in a forest.
Those small hooking burrs come from the burdock plant, whose
plants, leaves, and stems actually have significant value as herbal
or alternative remedies. The root of burdock is perhaps the most
valued, as it can be eaten in large quantities as a root vegetable,
and is very rich in important fibers. The dried leaves and seeds
can also be used to extract burr oil, which has a wide range of
The first real use of burdock is recorded in the medieval period,
but it is also known in Chinese herbal medicine, and likely
datesback considerably further. There are a number of ways to
prepare burdock as either a food or an herbal medicine, making it
highly sought after around the world, as several species have
spread globally from the Old World. Now, let’s take a closer look
at some of the impressive health benefits of burdock.
Burdock seed extract arctiin contains high amounts of inulin and
mucilage. This may explain its soothing effects on the
gastrointestinal tract. Bitter constituents in the root may also
explain the traditional use of Burdock to improve digestion. The
polyacetylene constituents have also been shown to have
anti-microbial activity. Burdock Root also have the ability to
mildly lower blood sugar .
|Product name||Burdock Seed Extract/Burdock Root Extract|
|Plant source||Arctium lappa L.|
|Main ingredient||Arctiin 30%|
|Part Used||Root and Seed|
Benefits of Burdock Extract
In traditional herbal medicine, burdock, much like its close
relative milk thistle, has long been used for “blood purification”.
Today this is called “detoxification”. Conventional medicine has
viewed much of the general claims of detoxification as false or at
least overly broad and unsupported by facts.
However, an objective assessment of the value of detoxifiying herbs
such as burdock can only be made by breaking down the broad claim
of detoxification into the different physiological processes and
looking at each of these.
These are (mainly): enemas and diuretics, metal chelators,
enzymatic reactions, and anti-septics. Burdock has bio-active
chemicals that may aid in some but not all of these detox processes
Diuretics, which stimulate the production of urine and thus
elimination of various waste products, might help in resolving a
number of urinary problems including yeast infections and kidney
It is the seed of burdock that has been used as a treatment to
expel kidney stones, since at least the 1600s and possibly earlier
in Chinese medicine.
It may be because of this diuretic action that burdock was once
prescribed for gout; however, there is not much evidence that it is
effective in eliminating gout.
So, although burdock is a diuretic, it remains to be seen whether
this action alone is enough to cure specific complaints such as
edema or urinary tract infections or obstructions.
Another form of detox is chelation therapy, which is the binding of
molecules to harmful metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic.
Burdock is a frequently listed as chelating agent in naturopathic
medicine; however, there is as yet very little or no chemical
evidence of this.