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A Host of Golden Taraxicum

Press Release

Read Lisa's Article published in the

Scottish Association of Professional Homeopath's Summer Newsletter 2009

A Host of Golden Taraxicum Taraxicum

Do you have dandelions in your lawn?
As your neighbours scorn at your tardy weeding turns to fear
that the dreaded scourge will spread to their manicured magnificence,
little do they know that this hardy annual is not the weed that she appears.  

Beloved of children and earthworms, she offers her spring tonic goodness to all
with a patch of garden, only to be mown into submission.

The dandelion was not always spurned as the gardener’s bane.  She contributes by bringing up minerals, especially calcium, from beneath the hardpan, and deposits them nearer the surface to restore the nutrients that the soil has lost by washing. Even in death, the dandelion root channels act like an elevator shaft for earthworms, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the ground.

In the kitchen garden, the whole dandelion plant is edible and the young leaves can be used in salads or cooked as greens if collected before the flowers appear. Dandelion leaves are a nutrient-rich source of important minerals and vitamins, including iron and vitamins A, C & D. The roots can be sliced and cooked like carrots, or make a delicious addition to a stew. Dandelion root can also be roasted slowly until dark brown inside, then ground up and brewed like coffee.

In medicine, Arab physicians in the 10th Century were the first to understand the diuretic properties of the herbal preparation and used Dandelion to increase urine flow and as a mild tonic. The Doctrine of Signatures led to its being used to treat jaundice because of its yellow flowers. The name Dandelion comes from the French dent de lion (lion's tooth), a reference to the jagged shape of the foliage.  In North America, the Mohegan Indians steeped the leaves for physic uses; the Chippewa Indians made a tea from the root for heartburn, the Meskwaki Indians used the root for pains in the chest and the Papago ate the flowers for menstrual cramps.

In traditional herbalism, the dried leaves are such an ideal potassium-rich source that they are used to maintain the body's natural water balance. Although the leaves are used mostly to assist in healthy kidney function, both Dandelion leaves and root also have herbal applications in supporting liver, gallbladder, and digestive system health. The fresh milky sap has been used topically to cure warts and nettle stings.

In the homoeopathic preparation, Farrington’s indications for the remedy Taraxicum are:

  • Feels chilly after eating and drinking, with icy coldness of the nose, hands and tips of fingers, followed by heat without thirst, with red and hot face.
  • The tongue is mapped, covered with a white film, which feels raw and comes off in patches, leaving red sensitive spots with loss of appetite, bitter taste and eructations.
  • The sweat is copious and debilitating and occurs invariably at night.
  • Jaundice with pain, enlargement and induration of the liver, and stitches in the spleen.

Abundant, debilitating night-sweat is the guiding symptom and the tongue and the gastric symptoms serve to differentiate it from China, which also has abundant, debilitating sweats but occurring chiefly during sleep or when covered.

Hering gives us the mental picture of:

  • Constant muttering to himself.
  • Inclined to talk, laugh and be merry.
  • Undecided, shunning labour, but after beginning, works well.

 

We may have casually consigned Dandelion to the compost heap in recent years; however, she may be just the tonic from nature’s bounty to put the crunch back in your salad rather than in your credit. Don’t chop her head off just yet.

 

Lisa Chalmers

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