• Acne, Burdock and Natural Treatment - Burdock Uses and Acne Treatment at Home

    Acne and burdock

    Are you looking for a natural treatment to get rid of acne ? Acne vulgaris or common acne is the most common form of acne that affects 60-70% of people at some time during their lives.

    Acne vulgaris lesions include whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, >nodules and cysts which appear commonly on face, neck, shoulders, chest, back and upper arms.

    Acne treatment at home involves the use of all natural healing herbs. Natural herbal remedy for acne is generally preferred to taking prescription medications, since they have fewer side effects. Let's see how to use Burdock herb in order to clear your acne naturally.

    Burdock description

    Burdock (botanical name: Arctium lappa L.) is a weed with dock-shaped leaves and fruiting heads covered with hooked spines, widespread throughout Europe, Northern Asia and North America. Burdock is a member of the composite or Aster family, like chicory, dandelions and echinacea. This medicinal herb is found along roadsides, barnyards, fence lines, walls and river meadows.

    Burdock has acquired many common names such as bardane, beggar's button, burr seed, clot-bur, cocklebur, common burdock, fox's clote, gobo (Japanese name), grass burdock, hardock, hurrburr, lesser Burdock, love leaves, Niu bang zi, philanthropium, thorny burr, turkey burrseed, wild burdock and wild rhubarb.

    The entire plant has both nutritive and medicinal uses. Traditionally, burdock has been used as an herbal remedy for arthritis, edema, gout, rheumatism, measles, and throat pain. This plant has also been used to treat skin disorders such as acne rosacea, acne vulgaris and psoriasis.

    Burdock Main Active Compounds

    Burdock's active compounds are antibacterial polyacetylenes, arcigen, essential oil, flavonoid-type antioxidants (more powerful antioxidants than vitamin C), inulin (a fiber called also fructosan), mucilage, polyynes, resin, sesquiterpene lactones, sulfur derivatives and taraxosterol.

    Burdock root also contains minerals such as calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, potassium, silicon, zinc and vitamins (A, B, E) as well.

    Burdock Benefits for Acne

    Experts have isolated chemical compounds (polyacetylenes such as tridecadienetetraynes and tridecatrienetriynes) that have proven to possess anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral activities. Animal studies have also suggested anti-inflammatory and estrogenic properties.

    Burdock root herbal remedy actually works on the skin on two levels :

    1) The appearance of our skin is a good indicator of our general health. Acne is a sign that toxins are inside your body. Burdock root herbal remedy possesses the property to cleanse the body of toxins by enhancing excretory system and, as a consequence, to improve the appearance of the skin. Burdock boosts immunity as well.

    2) Burdock root has some antibiotic properties (destroys the staphylococcus) and has the ability to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process of the skin.

    Burdock Uses

    This acne herbal remedy is used both internally and externally. Applied externally (in the form of a wash), Burdock is used for skin breakouts treating chronic infections and skin sores. It is often recommended for dry and scaly skin.

    When taken internally, this natural home remedy helps clear up skin disorders of all sorts (chronic acne, boils, eczema, leprosy, psoriasis, and sores) due to chronic toxicity. The detoxification effect as blood purifier is able to relieve acne and boils on the face and neck.

    The root is principally employed, but the leaves and seeds are equally valuable.

    Available forms: dried root powder, fresh root, decoction (prepared with water), tincture (prepared with alcohol), fluid extract and capsule.

    Tincture : Use a total of one teaspoon of the tincture diluted in 8 ounces of water 3 times a day.

    Tea : Steep a teaspoon of burdock in one cup of boiling water. Drink 1 to 3 cups a day

    Burdock Side Effects, Contraindications and Cautions

    Skin allergies to burdock have been reported. Allergy to inulin (one of the active compounds found in Burdock) was confirmed by laboratory tests.

    If you are pregnant or nursing, don't take burdock because it might stimulate your uterus to abort the fetus. If you are diabetic, talk to your doctor before taking burdock because it may alter blood sugar levels.

    Author : Alexis ROGER

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