Dandelion Root


“Dandelion Root”

Wood states that a few months on Dandelion can ‘tone up hepatic structures, remove stagnation, jaundice or gallstones, improve digestion, decongest portal system and remove difficulties caused by heat rising to the skin’.

Latin Binomial: Taraxacum officinale (rad)

Common name(s): Dandelion Root

Family: Asteraceae

Part(s) used: Root

Qualities: Cold, bitter & sweet. Salty, minerals, moist, oily.

Suited to Eliminating ‘Thickened Humors’

Indicated when the ‘Bile is Thick’ and the liver & gallbladder congested

ESPECIALLY INDICATED: When there is a Mapped or Geographical Tongue- patches of opaque white coating torn off in places to expose red, raw tongue body.

‘Phlegm Fire’ – TCM. Heat is baking down fluids while the thickened fluids are blocking the outward escape of the heat. Removing ‘fire poison’

Organ Affinities: Liver, Kidneys, Muscles & Bones

Emotional/Physical Picture: Mapped tongue – specific to dandelion

Low, simmering heat and dampness in the system. Chronic infections around the sinus, and in the head. 

Emotional issues connected with ‘Liver heat’ — e.g. anger, short fuse, brain fog, nervous tension


  • Diuretic
  • Choleretic
  • Hepatic enzyme induction
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Oxidant (Braun & Cohen, 2010)
  • Alterative (Wood) ‘Spring Tonic’ or ‘Blood Purifier’ – Thin the fluids and reduce the heat
  • Gentle lymphatic — act on the waters of the body

Indications: Liver Stimulant and Cleansing Tonic (Braun & Cohen, 2010)

  • Jaundice
  • Gallstones
  • Constipation
  • Chronic Toxic Conditions
  • When ‘heat has settled in the deeper issues and is simmering away’ – e.g. muscles & bones
  • Manic depression or ‘meanness’ (Wood)
  • Mastditis – pain & swelling or redness in the sternoclydomastoid muscle (side of neck)
  • PMS

Traditionally used for

  • Treating diabetes
  • Rheumatic conditions
  • Heartburn
  • Bruises
  • Hives
  • Urticaria
  • Eczema & acne
  • Digestive complaints (Braun & Cohen, 2010)
  • Low-grade heat – due to thickened fluids
  • Stagnant Bile – where heat is baking down the bile and resulting in gallstone formation


Recommended that Dandelion not be used by people with obstruction to the bile ducts or other serious diseases of the gallbladder (Braun & Cohen, 2010)

Reference used: Braun, L. & Cohn, M. (2010) Herbs & Natural Supplements; An evidence based guide. Elsevier: NSW. Pg.310-311

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