An early study found that people who had their tonsils removed, recovered faster if they ate soup containing dandelion, compared to those who ate soup without dandelion.
If you are feeling bloated, dandelion tea could provide relief because it acts as a diuretic and increases urine output. One study at Department of Herbal Medicine of Tai Sophia Institute showed an increased urine output after two 1-cup servings of dandelion tea made from the leaves of the plant.
A recent study of School of Korean Food and Life Science suggests that dandelion could have similar effects on the body as the weight loss drug Orlistat, which works by inhibiting pancreatic lipase, an enzyme released during digestion to break down fat. Testing the impact of dandelion extract in mice revealed similar results, prompting researchers to recommend further study on the possible anti-obesity effects of dandelion.
Dandelion root tea can have many positive effects on your digestive system, although much of the evidence is anecdotal. It has historically been used to improve appetite, soothe minor digestive ailments and possibly relieve constipation.
Paired with another herb, uvaursi, dandelion roots and leaves may help prevent urinary tract infections. It is believed that this combination works because of anti-bacterial compounds in uvaursi and the increased urination associated with dandelion.
Dandelion has long been held as a “liver tonic” in folk medicine. Preliminary studies suggest this is due, in part, to its ability to increase the flow of bile. While concrete findings on how this ultimately affects liver health are hard to come by, naturopaths believe it means that dandelion root tea could help detoxify the liver, help with skin and eye problems and relieve symptoms of liver disease.