Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale, Blowball, Lion's Teeth)

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GENERIC NAME: Taraxacum officinale

BRAND NAME: Dandelion, Blowball, Lion's Teeth

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Taraxacum officinale is a plant. The above ground parts are used as natural herbal supplements and for many conditions. There is little evidence that it is effective for any condition. Taraxacum officinale contains chemicals that may increase urine production and decrease pain and swelling. Check with your health-care professional before using herbs or herbal supplements.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Taraxacum officinale is available as capsules, liquid extract, and tea forms. Concentration of Taraxacum officinale may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products. Products that contain Taraxacum officinale also contain other herbs.

STORAGE: Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Taraxacum officinale, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Taraxacum officinale is commonly used to increase urine production, joint pain, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and upset stomach. Taraxacum officinale is also used to treat viral infections, cancer, and to improve skin tone.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2014



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