Burdock Root is a mild diuretic. It increases the production of both urine and sweat
, potentially making it useful in treating swelling and fever
. Burdock root might play a role in preventing liver damage caused by alcohol, chemicals, or medications
. The exact reason for this protective effect is not known, but it is thought to involve opposition of a chemical process called oxidation, which occurs in the body as a natural function of metabolism. Although oxidation is a natural process, that does not mean it is not harmful to the body! One result of oxidation is the release of oxygen free radicals, which are chemicals that may suppress immune function. Antioxidants such as burdock may protect body cells
from damage caused by oxidation.
High in Vitamin C
, watercress is used as a general tonic
, and its bitter taste is thought to regulate the appetite and improve digestion
. It can be used to alleviate nervous conditions, constipation and liver disorders
. Watercress is a popular cough and bronchitis remedy
. It contains a remarkable substance called rhein, which appears to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestines. It is believed that rhein is also effective against Candida albicans (yeast infections) fever and inflammation and pain.