The name dandelion is derived from the French ‘dent de lion’ meaning tooth of the lion. The liver plays a vital role in detoxification and many other metabolic processes in the body. Herbalists believe that a poorly-functioning liver can have a wide-ranging impact on overall health. Dandelion is classified as choleretic, a herb that improves bile flow and hepatoprotective, a herb that protects liver cells. My dandelion teabags are most beneficial, especially when taken to help regulate liver and gall bladder function.