Dandelion is used by some to help with minor digestive problems. Dandelion greens are a rich source of vitamin A.

Dandelion Overview

Reviewed: August 12, 2014

Dandelion is a flowering plant. 

The leaves and roots of the dandelion, or the whole plant, are used fresh or dried in teas, capsules, or extracts. The leaves are used in salads or as a cooked green, and the flowers are use to make wine. 

Dandelion is used as a liver or kidney “tonic,” as a diuretic, and for minor digestive problems.


Dandelion is used as a liver or kidney “tonic,” as a diuretic, and for minor digestive problems. 

There is no convincing scientific evidence supporting the use of dandelion as a treatment for any medical condition. 

Dandelion may be used for other conditions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.



Side Effects of Dandelion

Dandelion use is generally considered safe. 

The common side effects of dandelion are unknown. 

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.



Dandelion Interactions

No drug interactions have been evaluated. However, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.

Dandelion Precautions

Special precautions & warnings:

  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using dandelion if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or trying to become pregnant. 
  • Dandelion use is generally considered safe. However, there have been rare reports of upset stomach and diarrhea, and some people are allergic to the plant. 
  • People with an inflamed or infected gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts, should avoid using dandelion.