Origin : Grows wild in temperate climates worldwide, and is cultivated in France and Germany.
Background : Used herbally in the traditional medicines of many cultures, including those of the West, Middle East, and China, dandelion is particularly well known for its use as a diuretic.
Preparation : The whole plant, including the root, is picked as the flowers open, chopped finely, and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Those for whom Taraxacum is considered most appropriate have a tendency to be depressed and mutter to themselves. Key conditions that may benefit from the remedy include digestive disorders, gallbladder inflammation, and gallstones. The classic symptom picture includes an enlarged, hardened liver, urinary problems, bilious attacks, cramping pains, headaches associated with gastric problems, and jaundiced skin. Acidic saliva tends to build up in the mouth, causing raw patches to develop on the tongue and a sensation of dullness in the teeth.
Symptoms Better : For walking; for movement; for touch.
Symptoms Worse : For rest; for standing; for sitting; for fatty foods.