Using Dandelion for Gout Relief and Prevention
Dandelion or Taraxcum officinale is commonly acknowledged as pesky weed, but in actuality it is a valuable herb full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals that include, iron, potassium, and zinc. Specific parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes, for example; Dandelion leaves are used for its diuretic effects and aids with appetite response, digestion and kidney function. The flower is used for its antioxidant properties, the root is used to detoxify the liver and gallbladders.
Dandelion for Gout Relief and Prevention
The dandelion plant provides a variety of benefits for gout users. The leaves provide diuretic effects and promote kidney function, two variables that are essential for decreasing uric acid levels. Dandelion’s influence on increased urine production allows for more uric acid to be excreted from the body. In addition, the dandelion leaves contain chemicals that help promote proper kidney function, an organ that is largely responsible for the excretion of uric acid in the body. Finally, the active chemicals found in dandelion root have been found to provide detoxifying effects for the liver, an organ that complements that kidney’s function.
Research Supporting Dandelion and Gout Relief and Prevention
Most studies conducted on dandelion and its benefits have been conducted on animals which does not provide very conclusive results. For the most part, dandelion’s benefits have been recognized as purely anecdotal and in most cases positive. One observation conducted that analyzed the effects of common herbal medicines that included dandelion as one of the main ingredients found that such combinations gave considerable implications that it can be used as a supplementary measure in treating and preventing rheumatoid arthritis. The components of the herbal combination were found to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and pain relieving properties.
Dandelion herbs and root are available fresh or dried in a variety of forms. Although dandelions can easily be found in the wild, it is not recommended that you use wild dandelion as they are considered a weed and are consistently treated with pesticides.
Dandelion Supplement Variations
Dandelion can be found alone or combined with other dietary supplements. They are available in the following varieties:
- Liquid Extract
- Capsules (standardized powdered extract)
A popular form of consumption is dandelion tea, which is easy and accessible for most people. Liquid extracts and tinctures are easier absorbed by the body, however capsules and tablets offer a more convenient and cost-effective method of taking dandelion.
How to Use Dandelion for Gout Relief and Prevention
Depending on your preference, you can consume dandelion for gout prevention and relief in its tea form, liquid extracts or in capsule form. The following traditional doses are used and applied for medical practice:
- Dandelion Leaf Tea Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons (dried leaves), 3 times a day. Pour hot water over dried leaves and steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Dried Root Tea Infusion: ½ - 2 teaspoons (dried root), 3 times a day. Bring water to boil and place dried root in boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
- Leaf Tincture: 30 – 60 drops, 3 times daily
- Root Tincture: 30 – 60 drops, 3 times a day.
- Standardized powdered extract (leaf): 500 mg, 1 – 3 times a day
- Standardized powdered extract (root): 500 mg, 1 – 3 times a day
The use of herbs such as dandelion are considered safe when consumed in moderated amounts or under supervision by a health care practitioner. Herbs can trigger side-effects or interact with other herbs, supplements or medication and therefore you should monitor your reactions if you are taking dandelion with other supplements. If you are allergic to dandelion, you may develop mouth sores after consumption and should not continue use of the herb. If you are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daises or iodine, you should avoid dandelion. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult with your doctor before taking dandelion or avoid the product entirely to be safe.
Dandelion can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea or nausea. If allergic to dandelion or plants related to it, you can develop skin or mouth irritations.
Interactions with other Medications
Dandelion interacts with the following medications:
- Quinolone antibiotics. Dandelion can decrease the effectiveness of some antibiotics.
- Lithium. Dandelion’s diuretic properties may interfere with the way the body gets rid of lithium in your system resulted in an increase of lithium in the body.
- Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2). Dandelion can increase the effects and side effects of medications that must be processed by the liver.
- Water pills. Dandelion increases potassium levels at a similar rate as water pills, resulting in too much potassium in the body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is dandelion tea good for gout?
Dandelion tea that is made from the leaves rather than the root can be more valuable for gout relief and prevention. This is because the active chemicals that provide diuretic effects as well as promote healthy kidney function are found in the leaves of the Dandelion plant.