BOTANICAL NAME: Arctium lappadog and cat scratching

COMMON NAME/S: Great burdock, lappa, beggar’s buttons, cockle buttons, dock

FAMILY: Ateraceae

PART/S USED: Roots and rhizome

cat jumpingMEDICINAL USE/S:

Very useful in the treatment of skin conditions, especially where there is dry scaly skin. As an alterative it helps return the body to balance, with actions on the digestive system and kidneys. As a poultice it can be used to treat skin conditions and wounds.
  • Lignans, including arctigenin, its glycoside arctiin, and matairesinol
  • Polyacetylenes, in the root, mainly tridecadienetetraynes and tridecatrienetriynes, with the sulphur-containing arctic acid
  • Amino acids
  • Inulin
  • organic acids, fatty acids and phenolic acids; includingacetic, butyric, isovaleric, lauric, myristic, caffeic and chlorogenicacids
  • Alterative
  • Diuretic
  • Bitter
  • Depurative
  • Mild laxative
  • Antioxidant
  • Anticancer
  • Mildly antiseptic
  • Chronic skin disorders
  • Coughs in cats
  • Arthritis
  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatic complaints
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Cystitis
  • Dandruff
  • Wounds
  • Eczema
  • Urticarial
  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Gout

Hoffman, D. 1983, Holistic Herbal – A safe and practical guide to making and using herbal remedies, Thorsons, London.
Wynn, S. 2007, “Veterinary Herbal Medicine”, Mosby Inc, Missouri