Dandelion

Dandelion

Name of plant
Taraxacum officinale

Family
Aster (asteraceae)

Height
Up to 50 cm

Use
Mostly internal

In bloom
April to June

Parts of plants used
The whole plant (leaves, flowers and root)

Description
This supposed weed is in fact a wonderful medicinal plant. The high stems are crowned by a bright yellow flower. A milky liquid can be found in all parts of the plant.

Effect
The dandelion has a positive effect on all the digestive organs. The bitter-tasting substances help with indigestion by stimulating the appetite and improving the fat metabolism. Dandelion can also help with wind and stomach pain.

Application
Dandelion is available in all possible forms, either dried as tea or in the form of a tincture or a liquid extract. The fresh plant juice is the most intense form. Dandelion can also be used as a food; it tastes excellent in green smoothies and salads. Dandelion is rich in vitamins A, B, C and D as well as potassium and calcium.

Pharmacies and drugstores will provide detailed advice about dandelion products, their use and dosages. You will find the nearest pharmacy in the SWICA online directory.

SWICA believes that conventional medicine and complementary medicine can be combined to good effect. That’s why, under the COMPLETA TOP and OPTIMA supplementary insurance plans, the healthcare organisation contributes towards the cost of complementary medical treatment, provided that such treatment is administered by a SWICA-recognised specialist.