Dandelions are called Pu Gong Ying in Mandarin. It has been long used in Chinese traditional medicines. My grandmother used to make tea with it for us to drink when we had blisters in our mouths. I made dishes with it for my daughter to enjoy and helped cure her blister problem.
While many people think that the common dandelion is an annoying weed, herbalists consider it a valuable herb. Indeed, it has been used in both the culinary and medicinal fields.
The benefits of dandelion is due to its richness in vitamins A, B complex, C, D and fiber, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.
Vitamin A is important in fighting cancers of epithelial tissue, including the mouth and lungs.
Potassium-rich foods, in balance with magnesium, helps keep blood pressure down and reduces the risk of stroke.
Fiber lowers cholesterol, fights diabetes, reduces heart disease and the risk of cancer. It assists in weight loss. Because high fiber vegetables are low in calories and take up lots of room, they slow down digestion so the food stays in the stomach longer and you feel full longer.
The right amount of calcium build strong bones and can lower blood pressure.
B vitamins help reduce stress.
Dandelion leaves are often used in making salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots can be found in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make certain wines.
Besides its nutritional richness, the active chemical constituents contained in dandelions have some specific therapeutic effects on the body.
In Chinese traditional medicines, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems, digestive disorders, appendicitis, and breast problems (such as inflammation or lack of milk flow). They are used in traditional medicines of other countries as well.
While the benefits of dandelion include supporting digestion, reducing swelling and inflammation, as well as treating gout, viruses, jaundice, edema, eczema and acne, dandelion roots today are mainly used as a digestive aid, an appetite stimulant, and for liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to stimulate the excretion of urine.
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