Toxins can build up in our dogs over time and this can threaten the function and health of important organs like the liver and kidneys. Here are five useful cleansing herbs that have been used for centuries to cleanse the body and restore good health.
Burdock is known for its ability to cleanse the skin and for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant effects. The root contains cleansing constituents which include a bitter, crystalline glucoside lappin, the the flavonol quercetin, fixed and volatile oils and tannic acid.
What does it treat?
Skin conditions, dandruff and acne all respond well to burdock.
How does it work?
The first method of action is on the excretory system. By stimulating the release of toxins from the body, it cleanses the blood of impurities and facilitates toxin elimination through the skin. The second method of action is directly on the skin. It acts specifically on the body’s largest organ to speed the healing of the skin.
How do I use it?
Burdock comes in many forms including capsules, dried herbs, liquid extracts, teas and tinctures. It is mainly taken internally, although if the skin is unbroken, a topical treatment may be applied by soaking a cloth in the tincture or tea.
Burdock may interact with medications for diabetes. Burdock should not be given to pregnant or nursing dogs.
Continue reading at Dogs Naturally Magazine for the 4 other cleansing herbs.