Taraxacum, or dandelion is a common weed that grows throughout the continental United States. It is most common in the Northern, more temperate regions of the U.S., and can be found frequenting lawns, meadows, and pastures. The dandelion plant has long green leaves with jagged edges, much like sharp teeth. In fact, this characteristic help to lend its name, “dente de lion” in French. Dandelions produce bright yellow composite flowers and grow a deep single taproot. It is a perennial plant species that is considered a major nuisance in the management of turf, ornamental plantings, meadows, pastures, and alfalfa.

Dandelion leaf
has been used for centuries as a diuretic and springtime tonic. There are references to the use of the leaf portions of the plant by Arab ‘healers,' as far back as the 11th century. Its mentioned uses include those for certain hemorrhoid and rheumatism treatments. Dandelion has garnered much interest in Western folk medicine as a potential remedy for water retention.

has several key constituents that make it perfectly suitable as an effective diuretic. First, It is high in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. Many pharmaceutical diuretics deplete the body of potassium, which can have serious physiological consequences. Secondly, dandelion is able to spare potassium and avoid serous consequences. Finally, this plant is also abundant in vitamins A, B, C, and D. Dandelion also contains triterpenes and sesquiterpene lactones, much like the root, as well as coumarins, carotenoids, and other minerals that are not present in the root.

Modern research has supported it traditional uses, as dandelion leaf is still used as both a diuretic and spring tonic today. However, little research exists concerning the therapeutic effect of dandelion leaves upon specific human conditions. The alternative use of this portion of the plant is based primarily on traditional folk use; seemingly maintaining efficacy despite lack of clinical trials.

Products Containing Dandelion
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
AcnEase $30.00
$1.00 30 Herborium Acne
Exitor $37.95
$1.27 30 Progressive Health


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