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As a food commonly eaten in Japan (it is often found in sukiyaki), burdock root is believed to be safe. However, in 1978, the Journal of the American Medical Associationcaused a brief scare by publishing a report of burdock poisoning. Subsequent investigation showed that the herbal product involved was actually contaminated with the poisonous chemical atropine from an unknown source. 1 Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not established.
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If you are taking insulinor oral medications to reduce blood sugar ,it is possible that burdock will increase its effect. 2
- Bryson PD, Watanabe AS, Rumack BH, Murphy RC. Burdock root tea poisoning. Case report involving a commercial preparation. JAMA. 239(20):2157.
- Bever BO, Zahnd GR. Plants with oral hypoglycaemic action. Q J Crude Drug Res. 1979;17:139–196.