Celandine,Swallowwort:Celandine is named after the Greek word for the swallow, because it starts flowering when the birds arrive and stops when they leave.
- Basic Botanical Info:Celandine,Swallowwort.
- Chelidonium majus Botanical Description.
- Historical or traditional use:Chelidonium majus.
- Chelidonium majus Phytochemicals and Constituents.
- Medicinal Action and Uses:Chelidonium majus.
- Chelidonium majus Therapeutics and Pharmacology.
- Dosage and Administrations:Chelidonium majus.
- Research Update:Chelidonium majus.
Applications and Properties:
Skin diseases remedy.
Antispasmodic and stimulates bile flow.
Overcoming torpid conditions of the liver.
Cure warts, ringworm and corns.
Gall bladder problems.
Liver and bile disorders.
The Roman scholar Pliny mentions its healing power, and in the 14th century it was taken in liquid form as a blood tonic and was thought to sharpen sight and other senses. It may be used both internally and externally and is often an ingredient in various herbal teas, especially bile and liver teas. For centuries, celandine has been used as a pain reliever, a cough suppressant, antitoxin, and anti-inflammatory drug in Chinese medicine. The fresh, bright yellow-orange stem latex was once a popular folk medicine treatment for warts, eczema, ringworm and corns. Traditionally, celandine was also used as a remedy for jaundice, scurvy, scrofula, gout, toothache, peptic ulcers, piles, and most notably as a topical to treat abnormal growths, probably owing to the antimitotic properties of the active ingredients, sanguinarine and chelerythrine. Celandine is also prescribed for bronchitis and whooping cough, appetite loss, stomach cramps and gastrointestinal problems.
Dosage:Dried herb: 2-4g or by infusion Liquid Extract: 1:1 in 25% alcohol, 1-2ml Tincture: 1:10 in 45%, 2-4ml,a typical dosage of greater celandine extract is standardized to supply 4 mg of the substance chelidonine three times daily.
Safety and Toxicity:
Numerous case reports indicate that use of celandine can lead to severe, potentially fatal liver injury.It should be noted that most people who use greater celandine do not develop liver problems.At higher doses Chelidonium is poisonous, causing powerful purging of the digestive system, and should only be used under qualified supervision. It should not be taken during pregnancy.
- 1.Celandine,Swallowwort:Celandine is named after the Greek word for the swallow, because it starts flowering when the birds arrive and stops when they leave.
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