Burdock Root

Burdock Root

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Traditionally Used for:

  • Breast cancer. Early research has found that using a product containing burdock root and other ingredients is not linked with better quality of life in people with breast cancer.

  • Diabetes. Early research shows that eating batter prepared from dried burdock root together with butter, water, salt, artificial sweetener, and ginger extract, prevents a spike in blood sugar after eating in people with diabetes.

  • Wrinkled skin. Early research shows that applying a specific cream containing burdock fruit to facial skin improves eye wrinkles (crow’s feet).

  • Fluid retention.

  • Fever.

  • Anorexia.

  • Stomach conditions.

  • Gout.

  • Acne.

  • Severely dry skin.

  • Psoriasis.

  • Some people apply burdock directly to the skin for wrinkles, dry skin (ichthyosis), acne, psoriasis, and eczema. 

  • take burdock by mouth to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and “purify” their blood. It is also taken by mouth to treat colds, cancer, anorexia, stomach and intestinal complaints, joint pain, gout, bladder infections, diabetes, complications of syphilis, and skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. Burdock is also taken by mouth for high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), and liver disease. Some people use burdock to increase sex drive.


  • Some people apply burdock directly to the skin for wrinkles, dry skin (ichthyosis), acne, psoriasis, and eczema.



  • Burdock may cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to certain flowers and herbs. When applied directly to the skin, it can cause a rash.

  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding

  • Bleeding disorders: Burdock might slow blood clotting. 

  • Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Burdock may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking burdock.

  • Diabetes: Some evidence suggests that taking burdock might lower blood sugar levels. 

  • Surgery: Burdock might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking it at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Moderate Interaction!

Be cautious with this combination:

  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with BURDOCK

  • Burdock might slow blood clotting. Taking burdock along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, Advil, and motrin clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.


For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.