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Greater Burdock As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Greater burdock (scientific name: arctium lappa), also known as edible burdock, lappa, beggar’s buttons, thorny burr, happy major, Niu Bang (牛蒡, 恶实), is a Eurasian species of plants in the sunflower family. It is widely cultivated in gardens for its root used as a vegetable. The roots and seeds of greater burdock are important herbs used as discutient (reducing swelling), diuretic and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM).