Lesser Burdock. Clitbur. Nat. Ord.
CompositAe. Linn. Syst. Syngenesia Aequalis. Hab. Europe.
A closely allied species is found in the Himalayas.
Med. Prop. and Action. The root is tonic, diuretic, and alterative; the Meeds bitter and cathartic; and the leaves are used as local applications. Dr. O'shaughnessy* states, that he has witnessed effects from the root quite equal to those of Sarsaparilla.
In Ague, and in general debility, Burdock is a popular remedy in Ireland; but it is in diseases of the skin in which its utility is chiefly established Dr. Gravest relates an obstinate case of Impetigo, which was cured by the following decoction: - Leaves or Root of Burdock, 3iv., Water Oij., boil to Oj. The whole to be taken in divided doses, in the course of the day.