Arctium, also known as Niu Bang Zi or great burdock, is a traditional Chinese herb that is used to treat a variety of conditions. It is believed to have many health benefits due to its ability to dispel wind-heat, resolve toxicity, benefit the throat, and vent rashes.
Arctium is commonly associated with the lung and stomach meridians and has a cold temperature and acrid, bitter taste. It is often used in cases of wind-heat and fire poison, and is thought to be particularly effective in treating conditions such as sore throat, tonsillitis, and skin rashes.
While Arctium is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, it should be used with caution in certain situations. It is contraindicated in cases of deficient qi, open sores, diarrhea, and absence of interior heat. It should also be avoided in cases of abdomen pain and heat signs.
The recommended dosage of Arctium is 6-12g per day, depending on the specific condition being treated and the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. As with any herbal remedy, it is important to follow the recommended dosage and consult with a healthcare professional before using Arctium or any other herbal supplement.