The roots of the dandelion are often brewed into a medicinal herb tea to stimulate the appetite, as a digestive aid and to improve the function of the liver and gallbladder. Leaves are brewed into an herbal tea as well, and are commonly used as a diuretic to increase the amount of urine, stimulate excretion and pull excess fluids out of edematous tissues. It is believed to be particularly helpful in reducing swelling around the joints due to gout and arthritis.
Dandelion is a flowering plant that is widespread distributed in every part of the world. The plant is considered to be a weed, but has many healing properties. The root and the leaves are both used medicinally. The root of dandelion is rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, silica, sulphur and chlorophyll. Also, contains inulin and mucilage, which improves the function of the digestive system, absorb toxins from the food, cleanse the liver, etc. The leaves are also rich in minerals and vitamins such as C, A, K, B1, B6 and E.
These facts for the plant are well known for years. But recent studies have shown new exciting facts about dandelion root.
Dandelion root helps to clean the liver and gallbladder and it is believed to be important for the removal of toxins deposited in the liver from pharmaceutical drugs. There is some indication that the root of the plant may boost the production of natural, healthy bacteria of the gastrointestinal tract, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
A recent research has demonstrated that dandelion root have killed up to 98 % of the leukemia cells in laboratory tests, after only 48 hours.
Dr. Carolyn Hamm from the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada explained that extract from the dandelion root was the only thing that can help with chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia. A patient named John Di Carlo after his aggressive and unsuccessful treatment for his leukaemia was sent home to spend “the last days” of his life, was advised to try tea from a dandelion root. Within four months, he was in a remission and his doctors associated his success to his using dandelion tea. Also, eminent herbalist Maria Treben recommends dandelion root tea for many diseases, including different types of cancer.
Studies showed that dandelion root extract acts very fast on the cancerous cells, in such a way that they disintegrate within 48 hours, during which time new formed healthy cells in the body are not affected.
Further studies have found that dandelion root extract has a potent anticancer activity against prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, leukaemia, liver cancer and best of all lung cancer. There are not significant effects on skin cancer and brain cancer.
The immune system is controlling cancer cells in the body. If the immune system is healthy, usually cancer doesn’t appear. When the immune system is down, the body loses control of the cancer cells and cancer appears. The powder from dandelion root has a potent phytochemical that builds up the blood and the immune system. Doctors try to remove the cancer from the body with chemotherapy and radiation. By doing so, it destroys the immune system and appetite. These two are the most important things the body needs to beat cancer.
How to pick the dandelion root?
You can harvest dandelion root at any time of the year. After you pull off from the ground, cut the leaves off and gently remove the earth around the root. Make sure do not damage it and don’t wash it. After that, dry the root on around 100 degrees on a sun, or you can use an incubator with no water. The whole drying procedure will take around 5 to 6 days. If you break the root, and it snaps, it is ready for use.
Dried dandelion root keeps its active chemicals up to a year. Always store the roots in a glass jar in a cold and dark place.
It is the best to use dandelion root in a form of powder. You can take a little over a half teaspoon of the powder once a day at any time and mix it with water. Do not use it in soft drinks or anything hot. After three to four days, you will start to feel good, nothing else. In most of the cases, this will build up the immune system in about three weeks. After that, the immune system will take control of cancer cells and will stop its spreading. You should not expect a miracle because this is not an overnight cure so it will take a time until the body removes the cancer.
For more information and studies about the dandelion root immune boosting and anticancer activity you can read here.