Traditional Research | Burdock/Red Root Compound

Burdock dried root (Arctium lappa) *

A mild alterative gently increasing lymphatic, kidney and liver function.  Burdock is indicated for chronic lymphatic swellings, chronic skin diseases with inflammation and irritation of the urinary tract. 

Red Root fresh root (Ceanothus americanus) *

An astringent useful for overactive mucosa and chronic catarrh.  It is also indicated for lymphatic congestion, spleenomegaly, tonsillitis and pancreatitis.  Red Root increases osmosis of waste from the lymphatic fluid into the blood.

Figwort fresh herb (Scrophularia nodosa) *

An alterative affecting the lymph, blood and skin.  It is indicated for chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. It is also effective for lymphatic stagnation, hemorrhoids, cystic breast disease and lipomas (with Self Heal and Red Root).

Violet fresh herb (Viola sororia) *

Alterative, laxative, nutritive and demulcent.  An excellent lymphatic herb, Violet is used for chronic lymphatic swelling and stagnant lymph especially associated with constipation. 

Red Clover blossom (Trifolium pratense) *

Has a long history of use in alterative “cancer” formulas. It contains isoflavones (genistein, diadzein, biochanan and formononetin) which inhibit cancer cell growth. Red Clover is a mild lung, lymphatic and liver remedy indicated for cases of irritable cough, whooping cough, cough from measles, lymphatic congestion and tonsillitis.

Echinacea fresh root (E. angustifolia, E. purpurea, E. pallida) *

Indicated for acute viral or bacterial infection (colds, flu, bronchitis, septicemia, Streptococcus and Staphylococcus). Echinacea is also used for acute prostatitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis and pyorrhea. Locally it is used for infections, inflammation and abscesses.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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