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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).

Plant Part Used: Leaf, root.

Dominican Medicinal Uses: Leaf: fresh juice, orally, for liver conditions.

Safety: Leaves are widely consumed and generally considered safe; root and leaf: relatively nontoxic.

Contraindications: Root: digestive, biliary or gallbladder conditions, stomach inflammation, irritable bowel, digestive weakness, bowel obstruction (due to laxative, stomach acid stimulating& cholagogue effects);

Drug Interactions: Lithium (potential exacerbation of toxicity).

Laboratory & Preclinical Data: In vivo: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, bile flow stimulant (root extracts); diuretic, hypoglycemic (leaf water extract).

In vitro: anti-inflammatory in CNS, anti-tumor, cytotoxic, antidiabetic, nitric oxide production, insulin secretion (root or plant extract); antioxidant (flowers),

Nutritional: potassium.

* See entry for Diente de León in “Part 3: Dominican Medicinal Plant Profiles” of this book for more information, including references.

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