Burdock Root

Burdock is a plant whose root is used as food and for making medicines. This plant is applied to kill germs, reduce fever, increase urine flow, and clean blood. It can be also helpful in treating colds, anorexia nervosa, cancer, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, gout, complications of syphilis, bladder infections, joint pain (rheumatism), and skin can also lower high blood pressure, harden the arteries (arteriosclerosis), and treat liver. Some people claim that burdock increases sex drive.
Burdock can be taken inside in the form of different medicines, or applied to the skin when ichthyosis, psoriasis, acne, or eczema takes place. Burdock can be poisonous as some products may be contaminated with root of deadly nightshade or belladonna. These herbs have a poisonous chemical atropine.
Burdock contains chemicals which can perfectly cope with certain bacteria and inflammation. Burdock might slow blood clotting. However, when burdock is taken along with medications also slow clotting it may increase the risks of bleeding and bruising.

The root leaf, and seed of burdock are used for making medicines to increase urine flow, reduce fever, kill germs, and "purify" blood. It is said to treat cancer, colds, anorexia nervosa, joint pain (rheumatism), gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, gout, complications of syphilis, bladder infections, and skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne. Burdock is also used for treatment of arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, liver disease and even for increasing sex drive.
Burdock works due to the chemicals it contains. These chemicals are active against inflammation and bacteria.
Burdock can be poisoning due to a poisonous chemical called atropine. It may cause an allergic reaction in individuals sensitive to some plants, such as ragweed, daisies, marigolds, chrysanthemums, and others. When applied to the skin, Burdock can cause a rash. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should take burdock with great caution because not enough is known about its use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. It will be better to avoid it. Burdock can increase bleeding during and after surgery. One should not take it at least 2 weeks before the surgery.