A dandelion monograph for the home
Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale
Common Names: dandelion, lion’s tooth, blowball
This dandelion monograph provides basic information about dandelion—common names, usefulness and safety, and resources for more information.
- Dandelion greens are edible and are a rich source of vitamin A. Dandelion has been used in traditional medical systems, including Native American, traditional Chinese, and traditional Arabic medicine.
- Dandelion has a long history of use for problems of the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts. Today, dandelion as a dietary supplement is used as a blood “tonic,” as a diuretic, for minor digestive problems, and for other purposes.
- The leaves and roots of the dandelion, or the whole plant, are used fresh or dried in capsules or extracts. As a food, dandelion is used as a salad green and in soups, wine, and teas.
Dandelion in Health Research
- We know very little about dandelion’s health effects. There’s little scientific evidence on this herb.
Dandelion Research Summary
- There’s no compelling scientific evidence supporting the use of dandelion for any health condition.
- The use of dandelion as a food is generally considered safe. However, some people are allergic to dandelion; allergic reactions are especially likely in people who are allergic to related plants such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies. The safety of using dandelion supplements for health-related purposes is uncertain.
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