Dandelion root obtained its unique name from a 15th century surgeon, who compared the leaves to the shape of a lion’s tooth. Dandelion root is an excellent blood cleanser, specifically for the liver, as well as a mild laxative. Dandelion contains high amounts of inulin, the main immune-stimulatory ingredient found also in Echinacea. Inulin not only strengthens the kidneys, but also stimulates the body’s immune system and aids with the function of the pancreas. Dandelion encourages the production of macrophages (the chameleons of the immune system; these cells can function as phagocytes by gobbling up all of the bad guys) and exhibits strong tumour-fighting properties.

The Chinese have used dandelion for the treatment of breast cancer for thousands of years. It increases the production of bile and is a strong diuretic, due to the high potassium content found in the leaves. This is useful when undertaking chemotherapy, as the body tends to retain high amounts of fluid. One cup of dandelion tea after chemotherapy is a natural way to eliminate fluid from swollen knees, ankles, hips and stomach.

Dandelion is useful at improving the function of the body’s spleen, kidney, liver, pancreas and stomach. It may aid in the prevention of breast cancer and is beneficial in treating age spots, boils, anemia, cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, rheumatism abscesses. Dandelion is rich in bioflavonoids, biotin, calcium, choline, folic acid, fluten, gum, inositol, inulin, iron, linolenic acid, magnesium, niacin, PABA, phosphorous, proteins, resin, sulphur, zinc, vitamins A, Bl, B2, B6, Â12, Ñ and E.

What is the best way to use dandelion?

• Herbal tea – put 2 to 3 teaspoons of the root into 1 cup of water, bring to the boil and gently

simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 times a day.

• Salads – adding a few dandelion leaves to a salad during cancer treatment is a good way of

stimulating the appetite and providing the body with a rich array of beneficial nutrients.

• Juice – the leaves can also be juiced.

• Tincture — 5 to 10 ml of the tincture 3 times per day.

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