Burdock is a member of the sunflower or Compositae family and is a versatile plant frequently classified by herbalists as an alternative which means, among other things, influences the blood and lymph nodes. The root has long been prized in Chinese medicine for its ability to promote healthy digestion, detoxify the liver, balance hormones and promote overall skin health. Burdock is bitter, and as such, it encourages healthy digestion and appetite. Burdock also supports healthy, clear skin. One of the ways it functions is by promoting normal liver function and by supporting the detoxification process in the body.