This common plant is used in Europe for hepato-biliary disorders, as an appetite stimulant, a diuretic and for dyspepsia. The evidence supporting its efficacy has not been proven.
Attention for Liver Disease: Avoid if you have bile duct obstruction. Dandelion may decrease clotting ability.
Safety Information: Dandelion is generally regarded as safe; however, it should it be avoided by those with bile duct obstruction or gallbladder conditions. Most common side effects include itching and gastrointestinal complaints. May lower blood glucose levels, reduce clotting ability, and act as a potassium-sparing diuretic. The safety for children, pregnant and nursing mothers is not established, but likely safe when used as food.
Interactions: Avoid dandelion if taking lithium, diuretics, or ciprofloxacin. Use cautiously if taking medications to lower blood sugar. Weak evidence found in lab testing (not human) suggesting dandelion’s potential to interact with cytochrome P450.
Lab Notes: May interfere with electrolyte, blood glucose and coagulation labs.