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Arctium lappa - herbal remedy that lowers blood sugar?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by scoots, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. scoots

    scoots Type 1 · Active Member

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    I am trying different ways to get on top of my eczema and am now trying herbal/biochemic treatments. The person who is preparing the remedies (who is trained) told that someone had good results using Arctium lappa (burdock root) however she could not recommend it as it was not advised for people with diabetes. Having checked out why this may be, it would appear that Arctium lappa has been shown to lower blood sugar, and in some countries (e.g. France) is even used to treat diabetes.

    This to me sounds too good to be true - something which could cure my eczema and lower my blood sugar...?! :clap:

    I'd love to know more - does anyone have any experience of using Arctium lappa, and what effect did it have? It's not too specialist - you can get it from Holland and Barrett, so no real regulation there.

    Jen

    T1, pumpin'
     
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    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    This long report documents it's 'traditional'use in Europe for various problems including eczema
    In France it is
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    There appears to have been one trial with diabetic mice
    The report mentions one case of allergy (anaphylatic shock) and one of contamination with belladonna root (deadly nightshade) causing atropine like poisoning.
    conclusion
    http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/doc ... 105233.pdf
     
  3. scoots

    scoots Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thanks for this. I had a look at the product in Holland and Barratt - it's there as burdock - didn't make any reference to diabetes (or not using it), just had the bland warning to consult doc before using if you have any medical conditions. If there's any chance it can increase my cardiac risk I think I'll leave well alone...

    Thanks!

    Jen
     
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