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Surprising Benefits of Dandelion for Cold, Flu and Cough

Dandelion root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. It is known in TCM as Pu Gong Ying and is sometimes referred to by its scientific name of Taraxacum officinale. Thriving in mild climates, this root is native to Europe but can be grown throughout the northern hemisphere.

Uses of Dandelion Root

Practitioners of TCM use Pu Gong Ying to treat many different symptoms. Dandelion is an antioxidant that also has anti-inflammatory properties. It has even been shown to be effective in protecting the skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Some cultures will add dandelion to salads to benefit from its high vitamin and mineral content.

Dandelion for Cold and Flu

Read on to learn more about the benefits of dandelion root for cold, flu, and cough.

Powerful Liver Detoxifier:

Studies have shown that dandelion can both strengthen and protect the liver. It works to lesson oxidative stress and can even repair the damage caused due overuse of acetaminophen. Its ability to protect and strengthen the liver makes it the perfect herb to aid in recovery from an illness. 

Eliminates Toxins and Infections:

Pu Gong Ying exhibits antiviral properties and has been shown to be successful when treating cold and flu. It does so by eliminating heat and toxins. It has also been shown to inhibit viral growth and reduce viral replication making dandelion for cold and flu a great drug-free option.  Thanks to its diuretic properties, it aids in ridding the body sodium and extra water.

Reduces Inflammation:  

Common symptoms of inflammation may include pain, swelling, heat, and reduction in joint function. Dandelion aids in the stimulation of skeletal muscle cells as its compounds, luteolin and chicoric acid, reduce inflammation. In addition to using dandelion for cold and flu, it is also a safe choice for relief of the symptoms of arthritis and muscle inflammation.

Boosts the Immune System:

Adding Pu Gong Yin can even benefit the body’s immune’s system. It provides this boost by reducing toxicity in the body which in turn purifies the blood. As stated, it is very nutrient dense and contains many essential vitamins and minerals. The high polyphenol content means that dandelion for flu and cold may help the immune system to fight against bacterial infections which are known to further complicate flu symptoms.

dandelion for cold and flu

How to Incorporate Dandelion for Cold and Flu

Tea: Dandelion tea can be found online and in drug stores. It can be steeped in water and sipped as a warm, comforting treat.

Supplements: As a supplement, dandelion is also easy to find online or in stores. It is sold in both capsule and extract form. GinSen’s Natural Dandelion Root tablets promote body detoxing and offer powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. Dandelion Root extract helps eliminate toxic heat from the body, supporting a range of symptoms that cold and flu bring about.


Now that the cold weather has arrived, talk to your healthcare practitioner about adding dandelion for colds and flu to ensure that your body is equipped to battle any viral invaders. With its ability to rid the body of toxins, strengthen the liver, and reduce inflammation, it is a great drug-free alternative to help keep you healthy all winter long.

Natural Dandelion

Natural Dandelion

Natural Dandelion or Pu Gong Ying by GinSen is a high-grade botanical extract that offers natural antiviral properties along with promoting natural detox. These dandelion supplements are powerful antioxidants, containing high diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties that promote digestion and strengthen the immune system.

For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help you with cold, flu and cough, book your free consultation with our Chinese Medicine experts today

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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