Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.
This is not medical advice I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill seek the aid of a qualified and knowledgeable functional medicine practitioner.
Dandelion (Taraxacum spp)
There are many species of dandelion and most are very chemically similar and have the same benefits. Dandelion stimulates DIG1 which detoxes glyphosate and organophosphates from the body. Those are found in high levels in our foods and contribute to autoimmunity, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Dandelion has been found to protect from liver damage. Dandelion has been found to be very effective against a variety of types of cancer. Dandelion is very high in nutrients. Dandelion has very potent antiviral properties. Dandelion protects the liver because it has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been found to inhibit the hepatitis B virus. It inhibits mTorc which means it would prevent premature aging and also inhibit herpes virus replication. It helps with gut inflammation and interstitial cystitis because it inhibits NLRP3, NLRP3 is over expressed in IC and inflammatory bowel diseases. Dandelion helps to reduce endotoxins in the body and reduce the symptoms of sepsis. Dandelion improves bile flow and digestion. Dandelion contains latex which can cause a person who has leaky gut to react. I did react to it when I first started using it but I continued to use it in slow amounts and it eventually started healing me because the effects it has on healing the gut. Once my gut was healed I stopped reacting to things that contained latex like avocado and dandelion. Dandelion reduces inflammatory cytokines found in sepsis, Covid , herpes and many other infections. It helps prevent iron overload in the body. Dandelion prevents glutamate toxicity in the brain and activates NRF2 which is the master regulator of the antioxidant system. Dandelion has been found to inhibit RNA viruses like HIV. Dandelion has been shown to both protect from the effects of the endotoxins from bacteria infection and to have antibacterial properties. Most herbs that work against HIV and Covid will also work against herpes viruses.