Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying)
Botanical Name: Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion is probably one of the richest herbal sources of Vitamin K which aids bone mass and helps treat Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. Dandelion is an excellent general tonic for blood, skin, and digestion.
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Also Known As: Blowball, Cankerwart, Dent-de-Lion (Lion’s Tooth), Irish Daisy, Priest’s Crown, Piss-a-Bed
Organs/Systems: Digestion, Liver, Skin, Kidney, Blood, Immune System
Key Actions: Stomachic, Aperient, Laxative, Blood Tonic, Antioxidant, Diuretic, Hepatic, Cholagogue, Lithotriptic, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Fungicide, Astringent, Sedative
Medicinal Uses: Loss of appetite, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint and muscle aches and pains, eczema, urinary tract infections, promotes urination, improve blood circulation, detoxify the liver, support bowel function, constipation, tones skin, aids eyesight, cancer, acne, liver disease, exceptionally nutritious.
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Liver, Stomach, Kidneys
Key Actions: Clears Heat, Relieves Toxicity, Reduces Abscesses, Dissipates Nodules, Promotes Lactation, Resolves Dampness, Clears Damp-Heat, Supports the Liver, Supports the Kidneys, Cleanses the Blood
Medicinal Uses: Red, swollen, painful eyes (particularly if they are firm and hard), digestive disorders, constipation, diarrhea, acne, psoriasis, headaches, anemia, jaundice, painful urinary dysfunction, and especially used for breast and intestinal abscesses, support kidney and liver function, cleanse blood.
There are more than 1,000 species across Europe. Dandelion belongs to the family of Asteraceae. It is a very hardy perennial plant, with long taproots, and long, jagged, dark-green leaves rising directly from the ground in radiating fashion. Very small golden yellow flowers collect together into a composite flower head, with hollows stalks filled with nectar that bees love. Almost the whole plant can exude milky white latex from wounds.
Believed to have originated in Central Asia, dandelions now grow worldwide.
Flavors/Temps: Bitter, Sweet, Cold
Caution: Considered safe, some people may experience an allergic reaction causing an upset stomach or diarrhea.
Key Constituents: Taraxacin, Inulin, Levulin, Vitamin A, Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Choline, Boron, Silicon, Magnesium, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, Niacin, Vitamins E, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Chicoric acid, Chlorogenic acid.
History/Folklore: Dandelions are thought to have evolved about 30 million years ago in Eurasia and have been used by humans for psychic properties, food, and healing for much of recorded history.
As for psychic properties, the dandelion is said to be able to repel witches if gathered on Midsummer’s Eve. It is also said to increase psychic abilities and be used as a divination tool in tea.
Dandelions are a well known food source. The flower petals, along with other ingredients like citrus, are used to make dandelion wine. The ground, roasted roots can be used as a caffeine-free dandelion coffee. Dandelion was also used to make the traditional British soft drink of dandelion and burdock. It is one of the ingredients of root beer. Also, dandelions were once Victorian era delicacies eaten by the gentry, mostly in salads and sandwiches.
It is possible that dandelions may reduce the amount oxalate released in the urine. High levels of oxalate in the system may complicate conditions for people at risk with kidney problems.
Just one cup of dandelion greens contains almost twice as much iron as spinach, and over 500 percent of your daily intake of vitamin K. Fresh dandelion contains about 338% of daily-recommended Vitamin A and is also an unusually high source of potassium,
Dandelion can be used internally or externally, they have been used for centuries as an effective food for detoxing the system and supporting health. The Native Americans, Arabic, and Chinese cultures have all used dandelion to help heal problems associated with the liver and gallbladder.
In gardens, dandelions create drainage channels in compacted soils, helping to restore mineral health to abused soils. They also aerate and attract earthworms. Dandelion taproots will bring up nutrients for shallow rooting plants, and add minerals and nitrogen to soil. Dandelion is also known to attract pollinating insects and release ethylene gas that helps fruit to ripen.
Dandelions also have famous healing properties. Culpeper says, “It is of an opening and cleansing quality.” First mentioned in China in the Tang Materia Medica of the 7th century. It was also recommended to restore health by the Arabian physician, Avicenna in the 11th century. According to the Doctrine of Signatures (like treats like) dandelions are “signed” in yellow to cure diseases of yellow hues (i.e. jaundice). In the Catholic tradition, the plant is sacred to St. Bridget. The milky sap that comes from the stems is said to nourish lambs and calves.
Dandelions are attributed with the ability to indicate time and direction. It is said that one can tell time by the number of breaths it takes to blow off the seeds from the stem. It is also called the “rustic oracle,” as its flowers open about 5am and shut at 8pm, serving as a clock for shepherds in the field as well as hinting at weather conditions as the flowers fold up if cloudy. Blowing on the seeds will tell you where your lover is by the direction the seeds blew.
“Dent de Lion”
Good Luck, Bad Luck
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