Burdock root (Bardanae radix)

Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Bardanae radix, burdock root.

Composition of Drug

Burdock root contains the fresh or dried, underground parts of Arctium lappa L., A. minus (Hill) Bernhardi and/or A. tomentosum Miller [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Preparations of burdock root are used for ailments and complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, gout, arthritis, as a diaphoretic and diuretic, as well as for "blood purifying," and externally for ichthyosis, psoriasis, impure skin, and skin diseases.

The claimed efficacies have not been documented.


None known.


Since the claimed efficacies have not been documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.