Updated: Jan 22, 2020
Using Springtime Weeds to Benefit Your Liver & Gall Bladder
It is well known among herbalists that Dandelion has a beneficial effect on the liver. The whole plant of this common weed has medicinal properties, from the root, leaves, flowers, to the stems.
According to Maria Treben, renowned Austria herbalist, the fresh stems of flowering Dandelions eaten daily may bring relief to chronic liver inflammation. Born in 1907, Treben used traditional German/Eastern European remedies handed down from previous generations.
Here are the recommendations:
Eat 5-6 fresh stems of flowering Dandelions. Chew very thoroughly and swallow. Do this for one week.
Diabetics should eat up to 10 stems daily while the plant is in bloom for at least 1 week. Dandelions contain inulin which may help to lower blood sugar.
If your system is weak and you are extremely tired, it is recommended that you eat the stems for a 2 week period.
NOTE: Do not cut off the flowers from the stems until after you have washed the plants. Also, only eat plants that have never been chemically sprayed.
How does this work?
While the stems of the Dandelions are quite mild in flavor, the bitterness of the plant causes the gastric juices to flow and helps to remove waste matter from the stomach. Fresh stems are said to remove gallstones painlessly by stimulating the liver and gall bladder. Logically, this makes sense because a congested liver eventually will lead to stagnant material which, in turn, results in gallstones. The Dandelion helps to stimulate flow in the body and move out the impurities.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.