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Gobo for dogs
Burdock is a powerful herb,
For detox, burdock root is the king; sovereign as a liver tonic

but caution is cautioned, it is a powerful herb. (It is the principle ingrediant in the famous cancer formula, Essiac.)
caution: Jodie's tonque went brown when she grated quantities into salid. - detoxification can cause symptoms - "detox symptoms" of a healing crisis

So how much to give to the dog?

Start cautiously.Give a pinch to a Peke.

(and my tongue? I shall have to eat salids. A live saving possibility


How? Make a tea for (yourself and?) your dog, see below, or

grate it

grate it into pooch's stew!

a little to begin


I am giving it to Rita and Lucky.

In japan and Korea is is used in cooking as a root vegtable (like parsley? or parsnip? I think. [reseach how?])In Toronto, the Korean supermarket (south west corner of Manning and Bloor) is a good place to buy Gobo (though I don't know to what extent it is organic ... or toxic (fertilizers? pesticides? whatever. Organic, at the Big Carrot, forinstance, is much more expensive). 
  Caution: they say that grapes can kill dog, can cause kidney failure: then as Dr. Duckworth says, "Anything might cause anything."

named for the burs, and the similarity to dock, as in yellow dock,which is so common in England, Rumex ?, another powerful hepatic (liver)

Arctium minor (Common Burdock)
and A. lappa (Greater Burdock) (a.k.a. A.majus)

Burdock makes
an amazing tea!

The fresh root tea tastes like an elixir of life!

(The dried root can taste like old carpet!)

It is a an hepatic (a liver tonic and cholagogue - stimulates the release of bile), a lymphatic, an anti-cancer agent (the primary ingrediant in Essiac, for example)

a simple method
for brewing Burdock

Cut off about a 2 inch segment of the root. Slice it in half (or possibly quarters). Cover with water (2 to 6 cups, half a pint, half a liter - approximately). Bring to a boil, then let it steep.

As it cools off the tea will turn blue.
You can add more water and brew a second, a third batch, till it loses that color.


if you are drinking burdock
particularly if you ail
you should see a doctor
or herbalist.

anyone could be
allergic to anything
and as Dr. Duckworth says
anything can cause anything

you can find Burdock root amongst the produce in some health food stores, in some Korean (and Japanese) store where it is known as Gobo

Or you can harvest the root of this common plant, which takes much digging.

Burdock is a biennial. The first year it grows a large, but low to the ground, set, rosette of leaves. In the second year it grows tail, goes to flower and seed.

You need to harvest, ideally, the first year plant in the autumn or the second year plant in the spring, when the root is ripest.

To detox we stimulate
the organs of excretion,
the liver, the kidneys,
the lymphatics

Burdock is a hepatic
and a lymphatic,
so it is also, reputedly,
good to the skin.

(It also, reputedly,
stimulates the appetite.)


This picture is probably late summer towards towards autumn. In the bottom right there are some first year plants, and behind to the left several sprouted to flower towards seed.

I think Burdock makes wonderful tea,
like an elixir of life,
a detoxing agent which can
quite a profound therapy:
so you should be supervised,
particularly if you are ailing
(I had a patient whose
tongue turned brown
with the detox!}

How to take herbs



several of the images on this page are from


purple sage's page is wonderful. a great herbal resource.

In fact it was when dogs' fur and plants like the burdock were studied more closely that Velcro was invented.

as usual wikipedia has a
wicked article on Burdock