Dandelion May be Beneficial To Women More Than Men..

Dandelion is often regarded as just a weed.

Yards can be lined with those beautiful yellow blooms, especially in the spring. Most people hate to see them in their yard.

But did you know that this herb has healing properties. It's used for canker sores, gallstones, menopausal, and premenstrual symptoms.

Dandelions have extremely high levels of Vitamin A  and good levels of C, D and various B vitamins. This herb also packs iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and silicon.

Water retention for women that suffer with PMS can be relieved by taking a supplement of this herb (weed). The high levels of potassium in the leaves makes it the only diuretic (about all people taking diuretics have to take a potassium pill)  that doesn't deplete the body of potassium.

The components found in the roots and leaves that are responsible for its healing qualities are called sesquiteropene lactones.

Uses of dandelion for healing power.

This herb is used to treat canker sores. At some point in our life we may get or have had these painful sores. About 50% of Americans get canker sores each year. They form when mouth acids and digestive enzymes eat away the solf tissue of the mouth. Women are twice as likely to get them as men, and usually right before their period. Canker sores go away in a few days but may recur in many people.

There is something to take in supplements and vitamins to help. They are:

  • Dandelion helps canker sores heal, and prevents their recurrence. Take 500 to 1,000 Mg capsules three times  day for six weeks.
  • Vitamin C also promote tissue healing. Take 3,000 Mg a day in divided doses. 
  • Acidophilus reduces soreness and helps to restore bacterial balance. Chew four tablets three times a day until soreness goes away. 

Most helpful supplements are:

  • Licorice has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can ease the irritation caused by canker sores. 
  • Myrrh and Vitamin B complex promotes healing. 
  • A daily helping of Yogurt can keep the lining of the mouth healthy. 

If none of these supplements help, a trip to the doctor for some antibiotics may be in order.

This herb is used as a supplement to enhance liver function.

Gallbladder disease can be serious. If bile is backed up in the body due to a gallstone blocking the bile duck, serious complications can set in.

Sometimes surgery is necessary, but the  disease may be controlled by making dietary changes and using nutritional supplements.

The most helpful ones are:

  • Peppermint helps to dissolve gallstones Several capsules three times a day in between meals with .2 milliliters oil per capsule. 
  • Milk thistle protects against gallstone formation. 
  • Psyllium and Lecithin help to lower cholesterol levels thus reducing the risk of the stones developing. 

Other helpful supplements are:

  • By taking dandelion, it enhances liver and gallbladder function. 
  • Vitamin E helps to control fats. 
  • Vitamin C deficiency can cause gallstones, so 500 to 1,000 Mg several time a day will take care of that.

Why taking dandelion can help menopausal symptoms.

While some women glide through menopause, most are plagued with undesirable symptoms.

Some of the most common ones are hot flashes, anxiety, and vaginal dryness. Hot flashes are experienced by three out of every four women, and  can occur up to once an hour and last for three or four minutes.

The heat typically begins in the chest and spreads to the face, arms, and neck. Sweating, heart palpitations followed by chills are common.

The most helpful supplements to take are:

  • The herb black cohosh contains key ingredients that act on the centers of the brain, and has been shown to have better results than taking estrogen at relieving menopausal symptoms. 
  • Chaste berry helps balance the hormonal system. 
  • Taking vitamin E helps to eliminate hot flashes. 
  • Wild yam root has active ingredients to help menopausal symptoms. 

Other helpful supplements are:

  • Dandelion has mild diuretic effects which help reduce water retention. Eat fresh in salads or drink in tea or take capsules and follow instructions.
  • Calcium helps to reduce nervousness and irritability. 
  • Evening primrose oil relieves hot flashes and helps with the production of estrogen. 
  • Fenugreek contains a chemical similar to the female hormone estrogen.
  • Dong Quai is also helpful at treating menopausal symptoms.

Dandelion is used for premenstrual or PMS symptoms.

Close to half of all women suffer with PMS to some degree each month. The symptoms can be a wide range from:

  • Swelling of the ankles and fingers. 
  • Altered sex drive
  • Backache 
  • Tender and enlarged breast. 
  • Acne 
  • Diarrhea or constipation.  
  • Cravings for sugar. 
  • Fatigue and Irritability. 
  • Depression and headaches.
  • Nervousness and anxiety.  

Some of the herbs and vitamins that help are the same ones that are used for menopausal conditions. Black cohosh, Vitamin E, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose Oil, Chaste berry, and Dandelion are helpful for both conditions.

Other herbs used are:

  • Licorice lowers estrogen and raises progesterone levels plus reduces water retention. 
  • Magnesium relieves pain and nervousness. 
  • In a study to see if calcium helped for PMS, 73% of the women reported that over a three month period their pain, food cravings, water retention, and moodiness were reduced. Supplements of calcium may help.

The recommended forms for dandelion are:

  • Tablets
  • Capsules 
  • Fluid extract 
  • Powdered solid extract 
  • Dried root 
  • Dried leaves 

Take as directed.

Possible side effects while using this herb.

If using leaves, some people may be allergic and break out in a rash. If you're going to treat gallstones, or stomach ulcer, work with your health care professional on it.

No possible interactions are known.

Thanks for taking time to read.

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