Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Bardanae radix, burdock root.
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.
Since the claimed efficacies have not been documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.