Taraxacum officinale


Other Names:

Common Dandelion, Blowball, Canker Wort, Clock Flower, Dente De Lion, Dudhal, Dumble-dor, Fairy Clock, Fortune Teller, Hokaei-kon, Huang Hua Di Ding, TOE


  • Antiparasitic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antitumor
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Gastroprotective
  • Diuretic
  • Immunity
Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a well-known hardy perennial herb with bright yellow flowers that is frequently found throughout the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. It was historically used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and by Native Americans to treat a variety of conditions. The roots of the herb are primarily considered for supporting digestion and liver function, while as its leaves are used as diuretic and digestive stimulant. Specific applications studied in poultry include:
  • Nutrient rich: Dandelions contain a large amount of vitamin A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron (Fe), potassium (K), and zinc (Zn).
  • Ethnoveterinary Medicine: Poultry farmers in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada use dandelions to treat endoparasites in poultry, and as a food for foraging and ground cover.

Poultry Specific Studies

TypePlant PartDosageSpecific useResultsRef
Otherextractantiviral, duck hepatitis B virusay contribute to blocking protein synthesis steps and DNA replicationY Jia et al., 2014
Chickensleaves0.5% of dietGI healthImproved intestinal mucosa in terms of cellular infiltration, architecture of villi, villus height/crypt depth ratio, thereby improving the intestinal health.S Qureshi et al., 2016
Chickensdigestive stimulant, diuretictreats indigestion and hepatitis B infection as well as enhances metabolise androgenic hormones.S Qureshi et al., 2019
Broilers500 mg/kg diet for 42 daysGI healthenhanced growth performance of broilers by improving the intestinal barrier function. Dandelion can be supplemented in the diet as an antibiotics alternative to enhance production in poultry industry.J Mao et al., 2022