Teasel Root grows in a spiny, prickly bush, flourishing off the side of many random roads. It comes in purple, pink, and white. You’ve probably seen it dozens of times, but never thought much about it.
Well, it’s time to start thinking about Teasel Root.
Teasel Root helps tackle a plethora of problems, being an anti-inflammatory and a stimulant for the nervous system, speeding the physical process of healing. This herbal gem is in the Dipsacus family, a genus of flowering plant that includes around 15 species of biennial plants (meaning it has a two year lifecycle, growing stems and leaves the first year and flowering the next). Dipsacus are native to Africa, Asia, and Europe.
According to Eric Grant, L.Ac., MSTOM with Dragon Herbs, Teasel Root (also known as Himalayan Teasel Root) is a “very important herb in Chinese tonic herbalism and East Asian herbalism as a whole.” The root, which is normally harvested in July and August, has been used for centuries in Chinese Medicine.
Although Teasel Root is not an antibiotic, it is a useful herb to take before or in conjunction with antibiotics. By pulling toxins (including bacteria) from muscles, it helps bring them out of hiding so that both prescription antibiotics and natural antibiotics such as colloidal silver, garlic, raw apple cider vinegar, or grapefruit seed extract can destroy the bacteria.
What Health Benefits Does Teasel Root Boast?
Read what this little miracle-worker can do!
1. Treats osteoporosis and osteopenia: Teasel is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a liver and kidney toner. Grant states, “Teasel Root is ‘classified as a Yang tonic with an affinity for assisting with structural repair especially of connective tissue and bone.’” It increases circulation and aids in building strong tendons and bones. Teasel Root helps damaged bone tissue grow, stimulating new bone growth. It also helps alleviate muscle pain. Recent research shows that Teasel Root helps strengthen and build bone mass, especially in porous trabecular bone.
2. A natural diuretic: Teasel Root is an excellent diuretic, making it great for ridding the body of excess water weight, as it encourages the flow of urine. This dynamic root also stimulates sweating, which is another way to rid the body of toxins (sweating acts as a diuretic). It rids the body of unneeded salt and water, which can also help with tissue swelling (inflammation).
3. Helps rid the body of chronic Lyme disease: What is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi), transmitted to humans by infected black legged ticks. Symptoms vary, but can include fever, fatigue, headaches, and a skin rash. A couple weeks of antibiotics can help clear Lyme disease from the body. Chronic Lyme disease, however, is something many people suffer from. Chronic Lyme disease happens when antibiotics fail to heal the body, and fatigue, headaches and other symptoms linger, often longer than six months. Teasel Root is not an antibiotic, but a weed that is capable of changing the body’s environment, so the body can kill off Lyme bacteria. The body’s muscles and cells are stimulated and it helps dump Lyme bacteria into the bloodstream, and then the body can detox it.
For those individuals whose Lyme was not resolved with antibiotics, and who do not want to risk being on long-term antibiotics, Teasel Root might be a good fit.
There are many scientific studies on Lyme disease, but much of them involve pharmaceutical drugs.
While these studies look promising, the risks involved with traditional drugs can wreak havoc on the body, and can cause additional problems such as candida overgrowth, for example.
Enter Teasel Root.
The Lyme bacteria, Borrelia, is spiral shaped and designed to bury deep into tissues such as joints or bones. It’s deep inside the body, out of reach from the teasel root … and antibiotics. It hides. Teasel Root forces bacteria from the hiding places, and when the bacteria is in the bloodstream, the immune system can start conquering. Finally seeing the bacteria, teasel root sees its enemy (Borrelia) and can kill it, whether it’s in a natural or man-made form.
4. Helps treat Candida overgrowth: Although Candida is present in everyone’s bodies, it is a fungus, and when it gets out of control, it can result in various maladies such as yeast infections, depression, chronic fatigue, or infection of our gut flora. Teasel Root works with natural antibiotics, and aids in purging excess Candida into our bloodstream so that it can die-off. Inulin is part of the Teasel Root, and helps probiotic growth in the colon. Probiotics, which are live bacteria and yeasts, are “good” or “helpful” bacteria. It’s the stuff that keeps our guts healthy. “Pro” means for, and “bio” in this definition means life; therefore, probiotics are “for life.” Taking teasel root if you have candida overgrowth can force candida from tissues, and the exposure allows probiotics to attack and conquer the offending enemies.
5. Jaundice: Jaundice is a common liver problem. The appearance of light or a dark-yellow coloring of the skin and eyes is known as jaundice. Jaundice is not a disease, but can be associated with other problems, such as acute inflammation of the liver, alcoholism, liver infection or cancer, and bile duct inflammation. Elevated bilirubin, according to the Mayo Clinic, is “an orange-yellow substance made during the normal breakdown of red blood cells. Bilirubin passes through the liver and is eventually excreted out of the body, and causes the yellowing of skin and/or eyes.” The diuretic properties of Teasel Root supports the liver to clear the body of toxins.
Teasel Root: A Plethora of Solutions
Teasel Root can be taken both internally and externally. Dosing in tincture form is normally three drops, three times a day, but many people start off with one drop daily, slowly increasing it to help avoid strong symptoms of bacterial die-off, also known as the Herxheimer Reaction. The Herxheimer Reaction (or herxing) is a short-term detoxifying reaction in the body which makes you feel worse because the toxins are spilling into your bloodstream. Many people experience headaches, increased muscle pain, or nausea as a result of the detoxification process.
Indeed, healing our bodies is unique, and none of us heal in the same way.
If you have reached a plateau, and haven’t quite received the healing you seek for Lyme disease or other health issues, consider using Teasel Root. We are largely responsible for our own health and healing, and maybe the white, pink, or purple weed growing by the side of the road just might be your answer.
Katherine Darlington has had an interest in writing since childhood. Her stories, poetry, and articles have appeared in Grit, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Kota Press, History’s Women, five poetry anthologies and other publications. A native New Mexican, Katherine has been a massage therapist for over 19 years. Katherine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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