Burdock: Herbal Remedies

Preparations and Warnings for Burdock

Like all herbs, there are some precautions you should take before using burdock medicinally.

urdock Preparations and Dosage

You can eat burdock, tincture it, or dry it for use in teas or capsules. Roots are available in the produce section of many grocery stores in the fall under the name Gobo root, the Japanese name for burdock, as it is a staple of Japanese cuisine. Burdock root tastes like a marriage of potatoes and celery; eat it fresh, steamed, or sauteed, treating it much like a carrot. You should see positive effects of its use within three weeks, but use it for two to three months at a time.

Burdock Precautions and Warnings

If you have ulcers, an irritable bowel, or excessive stomach acid, burdock may worsen your condition. Burdock and all the alternatives may be appropriate under certain circumstances, but you should consult an experienced herbalist or physician before using them. Avoid burdock, or any substance that increases stomach acid, during a bout of diarrhea, ulcer flare-up, or case of heartburn. Burdock should be avoided during pregnancy.


Due to its ability to promote digestive acid production and secretions, burdock can cause heartburn and a sour stomach in rare instances.

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