“Teasel Root is a thistle plant that grows in Europe, Asia, the US, Canada, and other parts of the world with a moderate climate.
Teasel Root, Dipsacus Japonica, or Xu Duan as it’s called in Chinese Medicine has many health benefits… and teasel root has been used for hundreds of years.”
Gathering - During late summer and early fall the roots are dug up and sliced and dried in direct sunlight. Then healing preparations are made from the dried root in the raw form or it can be cooked or fried.
Traditional Chinese Medicine - In TCM teasel root is thought to bring about good health and tone to the liver and kidneys. Teasel root is pungent, warm, and bitter and increases circulation, plus it’s great for building strong tendons and bones.
In TCM teasel root is sometimes used for a group of symptoms such as - depression, exhaustion, despair, no willpower, apathy, feeling empty inside, dizziness, ringing in the ears, poor memory, absent mindedness, and a weak and painful lower back.
It’s also taken internally to strengthen the knees and back and soothe away pain. Also helps with weak, sore, painful, and stiff muscles and joints… and has been used for treating broken bones by improving circulation.
Overactive Fetus - In TCM in some cases where the fetus can been overactive it creates problems because the fetus not getting enough rest… thus teasel root promotes rest.
Osteoporosis - In TCM teasel root is also used for treating osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Externally - Externally powder teasel root is used for pain, swelling, and inflammation of the skin and for open wounds.
Bleeding - Fried teasel root is good for treating bleeding during pregnancy… and for excessive bleeding during periods.
Lyme Disease - Teasel root has been used to treat lyme disease symptoms, and some find teasel root very important in their recovery from lyme disease.
Antibiotic - Teasel root has antibiotic compounds that help to rid the body of bacterial invaders.
Bladder Infections - Teasel root has also been used for hundreds of years to treat bladder infections.
Eye Swelling - Teasel root has also been used for eye irritation and swelling.
Diuretic - Teasel root is a very good diuretic making it great for excess water weight.
Detoxing - Teasel root is a good detoxing agent for the liver and kidneys.
Astringent - Teasel root is a bitter astringent making it great for improving digestion and healing diarrhea.
Acne - An infusion of teasel leaves also works well for treating acne.
Forms - Teasel root can be found in capsules, powders, pills, teas, tinctures, and also raw, cooked, and fried forms of the root.
Internally both the raw and cooked forms work very well.
Inulin - Teasel root contains inulin which is very important for promoting probiotic growth in the colon.
Other Uses - The dried plant produces a wonderful indigo dye for clothing… and if alum is added to the mixture it creates a bright yellow dye.
Dose - Most people recommend 6 to 20 grams per day of teasel root.
Side Effects - To date there are no known side effects.
Finding - You can order teasel root preparations on-line, just google “buy teasel root” and lots of places will come up. And you can find teasel root at Asian Markets… or ask for teasel root at your local health food store.
Feel Free to Share - This information is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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