Synonyms: Blow Ball, Common Dandelion, Fairy Clock, Huang Hua Di Ding (Yellow Flower Earth Nail), Lion’s Tooth, Lion’s Teeth, Mongoloid Dandelion, Pee in the Bed, Pu Gong Ying, Pu Gung Ying, Pu Kung Ying, Puff Ball, Taraxacum Leaf
Genus species: Taraxacum officinale, Taraxacum mongolicum, Taraxacum sinicum, Leontodon taraxacum
Type: Perennial herb
Part Used: Aerial parts
Location: former Yugoslavia, Hungary, main suppliers are Bulgaria, Northern Hemisphere, Poland, Romania, South America, U.K.
Actions: Antibacterial, antifungal, antihypercholesterolemic, antihypertensive, antipyretic, appetite stimulant, blood purifier, breast cancer preventative, detoxifier, diuretic, galactogogue, hepatic, kidney alterative, lowers uric acid levels, mild choleretic, mild laxative, tonic
Indications: Abscess, acne, agalactia, age spots, AIDS, allergies, anemia, arthritis, boil, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cholecystitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, cirrhosis, colitis, constipation, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, diabetes mellitus, eczema, edema, fever, flatulence, furuncle, gallbladder disorders, gallstones, gout, hepatitis, hyperuricemia, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, hypoglycemia, indigestion, insufficient production of bile, jaundice, mastitis, menstrual cramps, rheumatism, scrofula
Chemicals & Nutrients: Bioflavonoids, Boron, Bromine, Calcium, Carbohydrates (30%), Chlorine, Chromium, Fats (3%), Fiber (7%), Iron, Lecithin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein (10%), Sodium, Sulfur, Vitamin C
Preparation & Dosages: (3x/day)
Decoction: 15-30 g, in 2-3 doses
Dried leaf. Dose 4-10 g or by infusion
Fresh juice from leaf: 5-10 ml, 2x/day
Tincture: (1:5, 25% ethanol), 2-5 ml
Contraindications: Occlusion of the bile ducts, gall bladder empyema, ileus, with gallstones consult a doctor.
Side effects: Hyperacidity in the stomach.
Safety: Taraxacum officinale and Taraxacum laevigatum are considered GRAS.