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Nuisance, or Forgotten Botanical?

by May 28, 2021

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And just like that, the new trimester has commenced. The break between terms never feels long enough, but I did have enough time to visit my family in Michigan (first time since October of 2020). It was nice to be able to help around the farm and spend some time in nature.

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We even ordered a tropical fruit box. We got sugar cane, pepino melons, apple bananas and a cacao pod. Before I cut the grass for the first time of the season, I spent a moment appreciating the clovers and dandelions. I had the thought, Are dandelions a nuisance to lawns across America, or a forgotten botanical?


Herba Taraxari or Pu Gong Ying, aka dandelions, are classified as sweet, bitter, and cold. They can be used fresh or dried, but its cooling and detoxifying properties are stronger in its fresh form. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Pu Gong Ying can help dissipate nodules, reduce abscesses, resolve painful urinary dysfunction, swollen painful throat and red painful eyes. It can be used internally and topically depending on the condition. It is best practice to consult with your health professional before introducing new herbs into your diet. I’m in the NUHS-Lombard Clinic on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday 1-5 p.m., and I’d love to help you with any of your herbal or Acupuncture needs.


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Danielle Pureifory

Danielle Pureifory

My name is Danielle, and I am currently in my last trimester in the MSOM program here at NUHS – Illinois. I’m a travel addict, animal lover, and a hobby farmer who is passionate about helping the under-resourced community. I look forward to sharing my journey with you, and I hope you read something that inspires you to start your own journey.


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