Saturday, February 4, 2012

Dandelions for health

Dandelion is a perennial herb found throughout the temperate regions of North America, Europe and Asia. Dandelion become several inches in height, with a bright yellow flower, thin stem and serrated leaves. Root, stem and leaves all contain a milky liquid.

There are more than one theory on the origins of the name of the dandelion. The most generally accepted theory is that the shape of the leaves inspired the lion tooth French expression, which means tooth of lion. This sentence has finally evolved towards the word dandelion.

However, some argue that the term dent de lion was intended to describe the way in which the leaves resembled angular jaw of a lion fully provided with teeth. Others argue that the yellow flowers can be compared with the heraldic lion Golden teeth. And yet another claim is that the whiteness of the root is the feature that provides the resemblance.

In the book of 1879 Pharmacographia, Fluckiger and Hanbury claim that the name dandelion has been given to the plant by Wilhelm, a surgeon who is so impressed by the virtues of the plant compares to Dens leonis (tooth of lion in Latin).

Regardless of the origin of the name, most people consider as a boring weed dandelions. But this "weeds" are in fact quite a nutritious grass. The dandelion is rich in nutrients include vitamins A, B-complex, C and D; railway; magnesium; potassium, manganese; zinc; copper; choline; and calcium.

The first known mention of the dandelion medicinal use is in the works of physicians Arabian of the tenth and eleventh centuries, where it is mentioned under its Latin Taraxacon name as a type of wild Endive. In the 13th century, Welsh medicine refers to the medicinal properties of dandelion.

Roots and dandelion leaves appear to have distinct beneficial effects. The root has been used in traditional medicine around the world as a treatment for a variety of liver and gallbladder disease. The effect of detoxifying aid dandelion root in the disposal of the organization. Common uses of the root include to treat diseases be caused by a slow or congestive liver, including constipation, headaches, fatigue and various skin problems.

The effect of the root of dandelion on the secretion of bile, the German Commission E recommends that those with obstruction of the biliary tract or any serious disease of gallbladder use only with the advice of a health care practitioner.

Leaves of dandelions are especially known for their diuretic effect. Their potassium content makes the leaves of dandelions a safe alternative to prescription diuretics that Deplete normally store the body of potassium.
All the available Greens, dandelion leaves contain the highest content of vitamin a. dandelion leaves can be eaten raw, used in a stir-fry or boiled.

Dandelion has no known drug interaction. However, caution should be used if combined with diuretics prescription of dandelion.

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