Burdock is a plant that grows in North America and Europe. It has been used to ease swelling when applied as a cream. It can also be taken as a pill or powder.
There aren’t any advised doses for burdock.
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It is likely safe to use burdock on the skin. It may be safe to take burdock orally for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.
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A. Helicobacter Pylori Infection
A1. Yen CH, Chiu HF, et al. Beneficial effect of Burdock complex on asymptomatic Helicobacter pylori-infected subjects: A randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Helicobacter. 2018 Jun;23(3):e12469.
B. Knee Osteoarthritis
B1. Maghsoumi-Norouzabad L, Alipoor B, et al. Effects of Arctium lappa L. (Burdock) root tea on inflammatory status and oxidative stress in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Int J Rheum Dis. 2016 Mar;19(3):255-261.
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Last Updated: 2/25/2020
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