Updated: Apr 15, 2018
Having a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) can not only be painful, but it can develop into both a recurring problem and lead to serious kidney disorders if not treated properly. It can develop in the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder or urethra regions, Herbal treatments are the safest and easiest means to deal with the infection as they help in treating the infection as well as relieving the pain.
Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying)
Dandelion is an extremely common plant found worldwide. It grows to a height of about 30 centimetres, with oblong, green leaves and distinctive yellow flowers that bloom year-round. When the plant matures, the flower turns into a fuzzy, globe-shaped cluster that contains seeds for propagation.
In many countries, dandelion is used as a food. It contains high amounts of vitamin A, and smaller amounts of vitamin C, vitamin D, various B vitamins, iron, silicon, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. Dandelion’s leaves are used in salads and teas, and since the plant is closely related to chicory, its roots are sometimes used as a coffee substitute. Both the leaves and root are used in herbal preparations.
Historically, dandelion has been used to treat problems relating to the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and joints. Dandelion leaves and root have been used to treat constipation, indigestion, heartburn, and to remove water from the body, while the root is used to increase bile production in the gallbladder and to treat liver problems. Animal studies have found that dandelion leaves act as a diuretic and are comparable to prescription medications for their effects, but these studies have not been conducted in humans.
Medicinally it refers to the whole dried grass of a variety of species of Taraxacum in the family Asteraceae (Compositae). The main species include Taraxacum mongolicum Hand.-Mazz, Taraxacum ohwianum Kitam., Taraxeamum jsinicum Kitag., Taraxacum erpyhropodium kitag., Taraxacum heterolepis Nakai et H..Koidz., Taraxacum asiatisc Dadlst.(T. leucan-thum (Ledeb.) Ledeb.), and more.
These species are slightly different from the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), visually and medicinally. Other names of it include Herba Taraxaci, Pu Gong Ying, Dent-de-Lion, Lion’s Teeth, Lion’s Tooth, and so on. It is usually collected in summer and autumn when dandelion’s flowers are barely open. And then it needs to remove the impurities, wash with water, cut into segments, and dry in the sun. It is normally used fresh or dry.
In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion is used during instances when there is liver involvement with heat and toxins in the blood. These conditions include jaundice, hepatitis, red or swollen eyes, abscesses and urinary tract infections.
Dandelion Benefits for Treating UTI
Strong diuretic effect, promotes urination, aid in clearing the infection.
Anti-bacterial and disinfectant. Prevents bacterial growth.
Promotes detoxification of the kidneys and the urinary tract.
High in anti-oxidants and nutrients.
How to Prepare the Dandelion Herbal Tea
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour in a teapot.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of dried, finely chopped dandelion leaves.
Cover and allow infusing for 15-20 minutes.
Strain and drink.
Drink 2-3 cups a day.
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