Since the therapeutic uses of the roots of the teasel are still undecided, currently they are not in much use. This herb is helpful in the form of a diuretic, to stimulate sweating and also provide comfort to the stomach. Moreover, teasel facilitates in cleansing the system and helping it to get rid of toxins, in addition to augmenting digestion. Since this herb possesses a strong astringent attribute or has the aptitude to bring the tissues closer, teasel is also effective in treating diarrhea. Simultaneously, teasel also assists in improving appetite, nurturing the stomach as well as healing the liver. Therefore, this herb is also beneficial in curing jaundice, in addition to the problems related to the gallbladder. While there is no precise proof or confirmation regarding the remedial advantages of using teasel, the close relationship of this herb to the thistle family makes it worth a thorough investigation of its attributes as well as therapeutic uses worthwhile. Conventionally, the teasel has been employed to treat different health conditions, including fistulae (anomalous opening via the skin), warts and even cancerous sores. The root of this herb possesses diuretic, diaphoretic and stomachic properties. An infusion prepared from teasel roots is believed to make the stomach stronger, improve appetite, get rid of impediments of the liver as well as cure jaundice. The root of teasel is harvested or dug out during the early part of autumn and dried for use when necessary. An infusion prepared from the leaves of teasel has been employed in the form of a wash to cure acne. This herb has a traditional history of being used in treating cancer, while a salve prepared from the roots of the herb is employed to cure warts, whitlows and wens. The flowering teasel plant is also used to prepare a homeopathic medication that is employed to cure skin disorders. In a number of varieties of teasels, the leaves on the upper part of the plant join in a roundabout manner to the stem taking the form of a cup, which collects rainwater. In earlier times, people were of the belief that the rainwater collected in the structure was effective as eyewash as well as in the form of a cosmetic to clear the facial skin complexion. Therefore, teasel has earned another common name - Venus' Basin. In addition, the Greeks were of the view that the roots of the herb possessed cleansing properties and had the aptitude to get rid of warts. The dried out teasel plant yields a blue dye that is often used as a substitute for indigo. This natural dye is soluble in water. When the teasel plant is mixed with alum, it yields a yellow dye.
Teasel is native to Europe, but has been naturalized in different regions over the years. This herb is currently grown extensively throughout North America. In effect, the teasel may be found growing in the wild in a vast region extending from Quebec to Ontario as well as from New England southwards to North Carolina. In addition, teasel is also found growing in areas westward of Utah in addition to the Pacific Northwest states, especially in the areas where the herb was earlier cultivated commercially.
Teasel contains inulin, bitter substances, and a scabioside.