pp. 178-179 – “Dandelion Root heads the list of excellent medicinal foods for the liver and related organs and glands. This high position is supported by available research. In studies with rats, it stimulates the flow of bile to the same degree that an injection of bile into the liver does.1 Bile injections are a standard way to stimulate bile flow in the rat. The rat is used because it does not have a gallbladder, therefore the increase in bile, after the adminstration of Dandelion must result from a direct influence on the liver. For organisms with gallbladders, Dandelion causes contraction of that organ thereby promoting the flow of bile.2 One researcher, using dogs, observed a three to four times increase in the rate of bile secretion following Dandelion administration.3 Clinical observations in humans have shown that Dandelion enhances the flow of bile as well as dramatically improves such conditions as bile duct inflamation, liver congestion and gall stones.4 Elsewhere, Dandelion has been used to treat chronic hepatitis, swelling of the liver, jaundice and dyspepsia with deficient bile secretion.5 Around the world, the herb is used as a cholagogue and diuretic. Clinical studies with German over the counter preparation”Hepatichol”, containing Dandelion and a few other herbs, on several cases of gallstones, acute and chronic bile duct and gallbladder inflamation, jaundice, dyskinesea of the bile duct and jaundice cause by complete obstruction by gallstones, showed more or less complete recovery within several days depending on the severity of symptoms.5 With the aid of sophisticated probes, this preparation was further tested on healthy and sick subjects and shown to significantly enhance both the concentration and the secretion of bilirubin in the duodenum. Dandelion is choleretic, i.e., it stimulates bile production and leads toa an increased cleansing of the bile duct. It is cholekinetic, i.e., it increases the movement of the bile, especially such that it leads to an evacuation of the gallbladder. Substances that are both choleretic and cholekinetic are tru cholagogoues. Finally, in the case of edematous complications due to liver disorders, it has a diuretic action.6 See Also Diabetes, Blood Purification/Detoxification, Skin Disorders, Nerves & Glands.”
Felter, H.W. The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Eclectic Medical Publications, Portland, Oregon, 1983 (first published 1922).