Burdock Supplements are extracted from the roots and seeds of the Burdock plant (Arctium spp). Most commercial Burdock supplements are prepared from the roots or seeds of the Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa), which is native to Eurasia but naturalized in many regions around the world. Burdock root is an important part of the traditional medicine of many cultures in its native range. Burdock is used in Naturopathic medicine to treat many different conditions, including acne.
For the Naturopathic treatment of acne, Burdock seed extracts are often incorporated into topical preparations. Burdock root supplements or teas may be used to ‘cleanse’ the blood in order to help heal the skin. Although there are some reports that Burdock supplements helped reduce acne symptoms, there is no robust evidence to support these claims. Burdock supplements are unlikely to significantly improve acne symptoms for most people.
Despite the lack of scientific evidence of usefulness as an acne treatment, Burdock root extract is rich in important fatty acids. Taking modest amounts of Burdock supplements may have modest health benefits for some individuals, but it is difficult to know without further scientific research. Burdock extracts can also be toxic if consumed in excessive quantities.
Burdock Root References
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Observational study of Arctium lappa in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Miglani, et al. 2014.
Anticholinergic poisonings associated with commercial burdock root tea. Rhoads, et al. 1984.
The effect of the ingestion of burdock root on normal and diabetic individuals a preliminary report. Silver, et al. 1931.
Antioxidant activity of burdock (Arctium lappa Linne): its scavenging effect on free-radical and active oxygen. Duh. 1998.
Preparation of inulin and phenols-rich dietary fibre powder from burdock root. Lou, et al. 2009.