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Common Name Dandelion
Latin Name Taraxacum officinale
Family Compositae
Part Used Leaves and roots
Gathering Time Spring/summer for leaves - Fall for roots
Constituents Glycosides, triterpenoids, choline and potassium
Actions Diuretic, Bitter principle, mild laxative
Common Uses  Used as a digestive bitter, a diuretic and a laxative. The interesting part of this plant is that the leaves are a good source of potassium. Especially useful when used as a diuretic, since most diuretics deplete potassium levels.
Contraindications Unknown
Possible Drug Interactions Unknown
Overdose Symptoms Unknown

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