The burdock plant is used around the world for everything from medicine to clothing. Extracts from burdock root have been found to be a useful ingredient in skin care products, but its cleansing properties may also be felt from ‘inside out’ by drinking tea made from the root.
If you suffer from knee pain, adding an unusual cup of tea to your diet might prove a simple and natural remedy.
Burdock root tea has been found to contain antioxidants and the Natur Boutique London expert tea blenders have created Burdock Root tea to not only provide a cleansing healthy drink but also one that tastes great. The burdock root is grown on organic farms that are at one with nature, and don’t use any artificial chemicals or pesticides, to ensure the purest flavour and aroma.
Although, until now, burdock root tea has not been readily available in the UK, research1 has shown the drink could help with knee inflammation.
Researchers split a group of 36 patients, with knee osteoarthritis, randomly into two. Everyone received paracetamol and glucosamine daily, with half also having burdock root tea and the other, control group, half having boiled water instead.
At the end of the 42-day study, the scientists found that levels of certain chemicals in the body which act as indicators of inflammation (specifically Interleukin 6 and high sensitivity C-reactive protein) had reduced significantly in those drinking the tea, compared with the levels found in those in the control group drinking the boiled water, concluding
‘The results suggested that Arctium lappa L. (burdock) root tea improves inflammatory status and oxidative stress in patients with knee osteoarthritis’.
Int J Rheum Dis. 2016 Mar;19(3):255-61. Effects of Arctium lappa L. (Burdock) root tea on inflammatory status and oxidative stress in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Maghsoumi-Norouzabad L1, Alipoor B2, Abed R1, Eftekhar Sadat B3, Mesgari-Abbasi M4, Asghari Jafarabadi M5.