Dandelion is an herb used to add flavour to teas, sandwiches, and salads. The flowers of the herb are used to make some wines, whereas the roots serve as coffee substitutes.
But, it has been also used as a medicinal plant as a result of its miraculous healing properties. It is packed with vitamins, such as vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin A, and vitamin D, and minerals like potassium, zinc, and iron.
Historically, dandelion leaves and roots were used in the treatment of various liver problems. Moreover, Native Americans also consumed dandelion tea to treat upset stomach, heartburn, swelling, skin issues, and kidney disease.
Dandelion has been long used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat appendicitis, stomach issues, and breast issues like lack of milk flow or inflammation. That’s not all, dandelion has been also used in the treatment of diarrhea, fever, eye problems, boils, and even diabetes.
Research Has Also Found that Dandelion Offers Cancer-Fighting Properties
Anecdotal reports of people who plucked the herb from their yard, dried it, and then ground it up into an edible powder have shown that the root extract of dandelion helps boost the immune system. Also, the immune-enhancing properties along with appetite-boosting properties are what the human body needs to prevent the development of many cancer types.
In recent years, dandelion root has been a focus of research due to its ability to improve gallbladder and liver function, and increase appetite. But, today, human clinical trials are taking place to examine the effects of dandelion root extract in the treatment of blood-related cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.
What’s more, researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor, in Canada carried out a study suggesting that dandelion root can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Specifically, the root may destroy only the cancer cells without harming the healthy ones.
A professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Dr. Siyaram Pandey, actually announced that they received approval as well as funding for conducting human clinical trials. The research team is examining a potent form of the root of dandelion root on 30 patients suffering from late stage, blood-related types of cancer.
However, more comprehensive studies should be conducted to test the effectiveness of dandelion root in cancer prevention and treatment.