Written by Lee Stevenson , sorry I am a lousy editor.
I have written this for educational purposes , this is not medical advice. If you are ill seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.
Burdock root (Arctium spp)
Burdock root has very potent antioxidant properties. Burdock root increases mitochondrial respiration which would prevent diabetes, glucose intolerance and obesity. It contains B-sitosterol which prevents diabetes. B-sitosterol has sedative effects so burdock root should be used at night. Burdock root prevents lung fibrosis. Burdock root improves memory in those with Alzheimer’s . Burdock root has potent antioxidant properties. Burdock root inhibits the inflammatory cytokines that cause autoimmunity and sepsis. It inhibits the effects of endotoxins on the body. Burdock root reverses aging in the skin. Burdock root inhibits blood clotting.. Burdock root is neuroprotective. It reverses some of the effects of Alzheimers. It helps prevent lung fibrosis from it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Burdock root increases fat burning in the body. Burdock protects the body and detoxes it of cadmium and mercury. Burdock root has potent antifunfal and antiviral properties. It inhibits RNA viruses including herpes viruses . Burdock inhibits mast cell degranulation which would reduce histamines. Burdock root helps to prevent anaphylaxis. Burdock root help to prevent leptin resistance which can cause obesity. Burdock increases exercise performance and endurance. Burdock root increases biogenesis which increases fat burning and increase ATP levels which would reduce fatigue. Burdock root helps to reduce ammonia levels in the body. Burdock root also prevents urinary tract infections. I could go on about the benefits but I think I painted a clear picture of the health benefits.
As for side effects I could not find studies that tested for that but the root is eaten for food in many cultures so I would say it’s safety has been tested.