The scientific name for greater burdock is Arctium, but it is also known as Woo Bang Ja or Ngau Pong in Chinese. It is a biennial plant and is found mainly in Asia and Europe. The plant can grow up to 2m in height. Its root (which we use in our infusions) is relatively fleshy and quite long and can measure up to 50 cm. Greater burdock has big, heart-shaped leaves with down on their underside and a long petiole (between the leaf blade and the stem). The flowers are violet or purple. Burdock can grow at an altitude of up to 1800 metres.
|It has been known for a long time for its therapeutic properties. In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, it was used to treat joint pain, respiratory tract infections and abscesses. Later, during the Middle Ages, Europeans used burdock in a different way: it helped fight against kidney and bladder problems and helped treat skin problems, venereal disease and cancerous tumours.
It is a strong antioxidant but also has anti-inflammatory properties. It has soothing properties and can have a positive effect on itching and inflammation. It is also known for its effect on the skin – its root also regulates the secretion of sebum.
Greater burdock :
|Has a cleansing effect.
|Helps with detoxing: it stimulates the waste removal functions of the liver and kidneys.
|Prevents skin conditions.
|Soothes abdominal pain.
|Alleviates rhumatism and arthritis.
|Has a strong anti-inflammatory effect.
|Helps strengthen hair.
|Fights against eczema, psoriasis and acne.
|Fights against aging of the skin.