Burdock root has a history of medicinal use dating back to before the 14th century. While the primary part of the plant used is its roots, the leaves and seeds may also be used.
Burdock root looks very similar to belladonna, a deadly poison. The reference to burdock root being dangerous is most likely attributed to the mistaken identification of belladonna as burdock root. This speculation is due largely to the symptoms of the patient, which were the same as those who have ingested belladonna.
Burdock leaves were once crushed and added to wine in the hopes of treating leprosy.
Burdock roots have a taste similar to potatoes when cooked.
Fresh burdock contains polyacetylenes that are known to kill harmful bacteria. Because burdock doesn’t contain these chemicals in the same strength as modern antibiotics, it would be unwise to rely on it in place of current medical treatment.
Before modern medicine made other treatments available, burdock was used to treat wounds and to help them overcome infection.
While burdock has been used historically in treating cancer, it isn’t considered by medical authorities such as the American Medical Association as a valid treatment for the disease. Using burdock root in place of current treatment methods could significantly reduce your chances of cancer survival.
With the consent of your oncologist, burdock could be used as a supplementary treatment along with chemotherapy and radiation.
Because burdock root is known for stimulating the uterus, it is not safe for use by pregnant women.
Pregnant women should take no herbal remedies or teas without consulting with their doctor.
While burdock root is considered by the Food and Drug Administration to be an herb of undetermined safety, it is considered by herbalists to be safe when obtained from a reputable source and used as directed.
You will want to be cautious about purchasing burdock root as well as harvesting it yourself. Make sure you use a reputable seller or that you are certain of the plant you are harvesting. Because of the deceptively similar appearance of burdock to belladonna, it is probably best to buy this from a trusted source.
If you begin to experience any adverse reaction to using burdock, seek medical attention immediately and advise the doctors that you have taken burdock. As many modern medical doctors are unfamiliar with herbal preparations, advise them that you could have ingested belladonna.