Dandelion root I widely used in medicine for the treatment of many conditions, but there is no enough scientific evidence that proves its effectiveness. Dandelion has showed results in the loss of appetite, treatment of upset stomach, gallstones, intestinal gas, muscle aches, joint pain, bruises, and eczema. Dandelion can be used to improve the production of urine and as a laxative that increases bowel movements. Dandelion root is can be also used as blood tonic, skin toner, and digestive tonic.
Sometimes dandelion root is used to treat infection, including viral infections, and even cancer. Dandelion includes chemicals that can effectively increase urine production and remove swelling and inflammation connected with it. There is insufficient evidence for treatment of tonsils inflammation. Some patients who had their tonsils removed witness that they recovered faster when eating soup with dandelion root. A combination of dandelion root and uva ursi taken by mouth helps to treat UTIs in women.
Dandelion root seems to be safe for most adults when used in the amounts found in food. And it is relatively safe when taken in medicinal amounts. However, there are some special precautions and warnings. As little information is known about using of dandelion root during pregnancy and breast-feeding it is recommended to avoid it in that period of life.
Dandelion can lead to allergic reactions when applied to the skin or taken by mouth by sensitive people. So, people allergic to ragweed and similar plants (chrysanthemums, daisies, marigolds) are advised to avoid application of dandelion as they may be allergic to it as well. If you have any allergies, consult your healthcare provider.
Most medical experts consider dandelion to be relatively safe. Rare light side effects may include diarrhea and upset stomach. However, dandelion root tea is considered to be a good option to debloat and detox. It is important to find a high-quality, reputable brand selling dandelion root tea.