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Is Burdock Poisonous to Humans & Pets?

Despite medicinal benefits, Burdock is often doubted and questioned if it is poisonous due to its spiny burrs.

However, Burdock is not poisonous and safe for humans and pets like cats, dogs, and horses. But the burrs pose a threat to furry animals like horses. They can cause skin allergies, upset stomach, and in severe cases, mouth ulcers.

Thus, to understand the safety of Burdock to humans and pets, ensure to read till the end of the article.

Is Burdock Poisonous To Humans?

Burdock is a biennial weed native to Eurasia and is a cousin of Daisy. It is a tall, leafy plant with spiny burrs.

Since ancient times, Burdock (Arctium minus) has been used medicinally in many cultures in the world. They are used to cleanse the blood, arthritis, eczema, liver problems, etc.

They contain many active chemicals like flavonoids, phenolic acids, and inulins. So, the Burdock plant is not poisonous to humans. Instead, they act like medicine when taken in small amounts.

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Though leaves and seeds of Burdock are edible, roots are most commonly used.

That said, very little medical research on their medicinal properties is available. Thus, do not use Burdock on your own.

And remember to consult health professionals for usage guidance.

Further, though Burdock is not toxic, it may cause allergies in some people. Moreover, if you are allergic to daisies, stay away from Burdock.

Likewise, do not take Burdock supplements if you are on other medications. And lastly, it is not suggested for pregnant women.

Side Effects of Burdock

Here are the side effects of Burdock if you take them without proper professional guidance.

  • Burdock root makes you pee more, so be careful if you’re already dehydrated. Also, avoid taking them if you are on water pills.
  • You might get skin rashes, itching, and blisters like allergic reactions.
  • Stomach bloats, diarrhea, or gas
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Burdock might slow blood clotting

If you experience these, immediately seek medical help to avoid any issues. Also, always consult your doctor before taking Burdock roots.

Can Pets Eat Burdock?

Burdock is a safe herb for pets like dogs, cats, and horses. But you need to mind the amount of Burdock as too much Burdock can cause health issues in pets.

As the Burdock is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fibers, they are good for dogs, cats, and horses.

That said, you must give Burdock to your pets slowly in small amounts. Then, sit back and watch if your pets like them or not.

If they enjoy, gradually increase the amount else, avoid giving them. Moreover, some pets may show allergic reactions. Thus, ensure your pets are not allergic to it.

Although all parts of the Burduck are safe, roots are more commonly used.

But the prickly burrs of the plant can get entangled in pets’ furs and cause discomfort. Further, pets may choke on them.

Likewise, as per the Colorado State University, the burrs can cause corneal ulcers in horses if exposed to the eyes.

Symptoms of Burdock Toxicity

Here are some common signs of discomfort from Burdock burr in pets like horses, dogs, and cats.

  • Oral irritation and, in severe cases, mouth ulcers
  • Hypersalivation, excess drooling
  • Eye trauma, Corneal ulcers
  • Skin irritation
  • No appetite

If you suspect these signs in your pets due to Burdock burr, you must immediately contact the veterinarian.

Editor’s Note

Say No To Burdocks For Pregnant or Lactating Women!

As there is a lack of proper evidence to back the safety of Burdock, avoid them for pregnant women.

Also, it is advised to take suggestions from health practitioners before taking the Burdocks despite their traditional usage.

All The Best!