The root of either great burdock (Arctium lappa) or common burdock (Arctium minus), is listed in several old herbals as a mild aphrodisiac. It’s long been used worldwide as a tonic for the liver and kidneys and to cleanse the blood. In Europe it’s been combined with dandelion and made into wine for many generations as a restorative, and the Romani (Gypsies) add a decoction of burdock to regular wine for similar purposes. It’s also used for skin problems such as psoriasis and acne.

The healing properties of burdock are due to several useful chemicals that apparently do help the filtering organs as well as the skin. While the liver and kidneys are considered to be related to sexual health in Eastern medicine, burdock is not an aphrodisiac on its own merit.

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