Taraxacum officinale


Other Names:

Common Dandelion, Blowball, Canker Wort, Clock Flower, Dente De Lion, Dudhal, Dumble-dor, Fairy Clock, Fortune Teller, Hokaei-kon, Huang Hua Di Ding, TOE


  • Antiparasitic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antitumor
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Digestive-aid
  • Diuretic
Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a well-known hardy perennial herb with bright yellow flowers that is frequently found throughout the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. It was historically used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and by Native Americans to treat a variety of conditions. The roots of the herb are primarily considered for supporting digestion and liver function, while as its leaves are used as diuretic and digestive stimulant. Specific applications studied in poultry include:
  • Nutrient rich: Dandelions contain a large amount of vitamin A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron (Fe), potassium (K), and zinc (Zn).
  • Ethnoveterinary Medicine: Poultry farmers in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada use dandelions to treat endoparasites in poultry, and as a food for foraging and ground cover.


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