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  Taraxacum officinale G.H. Weber ex Wiggers.
 
Scientific Name  Taraxacum officinale G.H. Weber ex Wiggers.
Family Name  Compositae
Common Name  Dandelion, Diente de leon
Photo link  http://lachlan.bluehaze.com.au/usa2001/03may2001/mvc-006s.jpg
Studies on Diabetes  Dandelion water extract (DWE) decreased serum glucose concentrations and improved lipid metabolism in streptozotocin-diabetic rats (Cho et al 2002).
Other Uses  Urinary tract infections; folk uses include bile stimulation, hepatic disorders, and as a diuretic (NMCD; http://www.naturaldatabase.com/monograph.asp?mono_id=230&brand_id=, accessed 4/30/04).
Formulations used by  Informants  Commercially prepared hot infusion (Diabetea).
Phytochemistry  Bitter principles, sesquiterpene lactones, eudesmanolides, germacranolides, triterpenoids (NMCD accessed 4/30/04).
Potential Adverse  Effects  May cause gastric hyperacidity; worsen acute gallstone attack, may cause allergic reactions (NMCD accessed 4/30/04).
Potential Medication  Interactions  May increase effects of diuretic and diabetic medications (NMCD accessed 4/30/04).
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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