Dandelion root has been used in many societies for medicinal purposes. Its range of culinary purposes is not as broad, but it remains in use as an ingredient in kitchen recipes as well as in homeopathic treatments.
Native American Medicine
Rappahannock, Ojibwe and Iroquois tribes traditionally used dandelion root to treat stomach ailments and heartburn.
Chinese traditional medicine calls for the use of dandelion root in conjunction with other herbs to treat a number of conditions. Pneumonia, bronchitis, upper respiratory infections and liver disease are some illnesses it is used to treat.
Dandelion root, along with its leaves, is used throughout Europe to treat stomach and liver ailments, including loss of appetite. These recommendations come from the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy.
Modern alternative medicine practitioners recommend dandelion root usage for liver ailments and as an aid for symptoms stemming from liver disease.
Dandelion root has also found popularity throughout history as a substitute for coffee. The roots are dried and ground, similar to chicory. It has also been mixed in hot chocolate with success.
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