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Chinese medicine
A biennial herb rich in essential oils, arctiol, fukinone, volatile (acetic, butyric, isovaleric) and propionic acids, inulin (up to 50% by weight), non-hydroxyl (lauric, myristic, palmitic, and stearic) acids, polyacetylenes, tannic acid and taraxasterol; the seeds and roots are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antipyretic, antitussive, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and laxative. Burdock is used for abscesses, bronchitis, chickenpox, low back pain, pulmonary congestion, syphilis and urethritis; the seeds are used to treat colds, measles, sore throat and tonsillitis; the roots and leaves are used for rheumatic complaints and gout.

Herbal medicine
Burdock is used by Western herbologists internally for bacterial and fungal infections, cystitis, fever, recuperation from strokes, renal disease, as a gastrointestinal tonic, to detoxify various organs; it is used topically for skin conditions such as acne, bites, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, gout and leprosy.

Burdock should not be used in pregnancy, as it stimulates uterine contraction, or in young children.
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Herbal agent made from Arctium lappa or A. minus; produced in several forms (e.g., cream, tonic, liquid); used against a huge range of disorders (e.g., arthritis, pain syndromes, rash); has been involved in poisoning; safety and efficacy not established.
Synonym(s): beggar's buttons, cocklebur (2) , wild gobo.
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STM is a sesquiterpene lactone compound present in various plant species such as Magnolia grandiflora L., Ambrosia confertiflora, Inula helenium, Inula japonica, and Saussurea lappa [12-15].
Saraf, "Evaluation of sesquiterpene lactone fraction of Saussurea lappa on transudative, exudative and proliferative phases of inflammation," Phytotherapy Research, vol.
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In comparison with leaves and cotyledons, the hypocotyl explants were found to have higher differentiation capacity for in vitro plant regeneration in Arctium lappa L.
The song was "Lara lappa lara lappa lyee rakdha", picturised on Meena Shorey in the film Eik Thee Larki (1949), and it was an instant hit.
Saussurea lappa alleviates inflammatory chemokine production in HaCaT cells and house dust mite-induced atopic-like dermatitis in Nc/Nga mice.
According to [40] in the root, Antioxidants and antidiabetic compounds have also been found in the root of Arctium lappa. In the seeds, some active compounds possess anti-inflammatory effects and potent inhibitory effects on the growth of tumors such as pancreatic carcinoma diabetic nephropathy.
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