Burdock (Arctium lappa) is a long time favourite of mine for skin health, particularly for eczema and acne. Burdock has been used therapeutically in Europe, North America, and Asia for hundreds of years. I combine Burdock with Calendula, Vitamin C, Quercetin and Bioflavonoids, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and Zinc for various skin conditions. I add Silica if there is poor wound healing and weak nails. If stress is amplifying the issue, I add a separate formula of Ashwagandha, Passionflower, Rehmannia, and Rhodiola. Ginger can benefit if additional anti-inflammatory action is required or if circulation is an issue.
The root of Burdock contains active ingredients that have been found to “detoxify” blood in terms of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and promote blood circulation to the skin surface, improving the skin quality and texture.
Reference: Chan Y-S et al. A review of the pharmacological effects of Arctium lappa (burdock). Inflammopharmacology. 2011 Oct; 19(5): 245-54.