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Feeling in need of a rehaul? Why not try Dandelion as a powerful blood cleanser and liver tonic?

Dandelion is a herb and an excellent blood cleanser and is most effective on the liver, kidneys and skin. It is excellent for conditions such as arthritis, skin problems, gout, poor digestion, constipation, PMS and Candida.

What health problems can Dandelion help with?

Dandelion has two particularly important uses in the body:

  1. To promote the formation of bile from the liver
  2. Help to remove excess water from the body, especially when resulting from liver problems.

Dandelion is a liver tonic and bile stimulant...

Dandelion supports liver function by acting as a blood purifier. It is an excellent blood cleanser and is most effective on the liver, kidneys and skin. It gradually restores tone to the entire digestive tract. This herb is one of the best available for inducing the flow of bile and gastric juice and it will stimulate the kidneys, gall bladder, bladder, liver, spleen and pancreas.

As well as being a liver tonic and bile stimulant, Dandelion has the added benefit of lessening the tendency to form gallstones. It has proven so beneficial in this regard that it should be included in therapeutic programs where the person has a history of stone formation or where gallstones are suspected.

What else can it help with?

  • Dandelion is an excellent herb to give to people who are suffering from hypoglycaemia and diabetes. This is because the root of this herb contains inulin, which has a regulating effect on the pancreas. The milk from the stem will help to clear up warts, pimples, sores and blisters.
  • It is also very high in vitamins and minerals, such as iron, copper, silicon, magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sulphur, vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C, and D. It also contains some protein and the liver regulating substance choline. This makes dandelion an invaluable herb to help keep these nutrient levels up in the body.
  • It is a good herb to use when a diuretic action is needed. This is caused by the high level of potassium in dandelion, more than any other medicinal plant.
  • Recent research has isolated a hormonal substance in dandelion, which has estrogenic qualities.
  • It is an excellent herb to use in cases of gout. This is because of the high amounts of sulphur it contains, which will help to eliminate urea and uric acid. For chronic rheumatism, gout and stiff joints, you should drink at least 3 cups of dandelion coffee each day.

Who would benefit from taking Dandelion?

You should consider taking dandelion if you have any of the following:

Poor liver or gall bladder function
Gall bladder discomfort or if you are prone to gall stones
Inflamed liver
Poor digestion
Chronic arthritis
Stiff joints
Chronic skin infections
Fluid retention
Cold sores
High cholesterol
High blood pressure
Yeast infections such as Candida

Are there any specific instructions when you take Dandelion?

Yes there are. Because dandelion is such a powerful liver cleanser, it is always important to start off by taking only 1 capsule, once a day only and then slowly working up to the recommended dosage.

Most people find the best way to do this is to take 1 capsule once a day only, for 3-4 days in a row and then increase to 1 capsule twice a day. Each 3-4 days, increase by 1 capsule, until you have eventually built up to the recommended dosage. If your symptoms increase, always reduce the dosage by � and stay on this dosage until your symptoms improve, then consider increasing it again within another 3-4 days.

We stock the following Dandelion products:

At Ideal Health we stock Golden Fields Dandelion Coffee. Made from roasted Dandelion root, this beverage is a light coffee substitute that's caffeine-free and made in NZ. Available in Loose Granules or Sachets. Start with just 1 very weak cup and slowly increase this amount. You will know if you are increasing this too quickly because you will feel sluggish. Some people describe this feeling, as feeling like they have a hangover.

Dandelion Leaf Tea - Made from Dandelion leaf

Dandelion Root from Nature's Way

You can find out about using Beet Root Juice for Liver Cleansing and increasing iron here.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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