Chelidonium majus (Common Celandine)
- Reproductive system
- Skeletal system
Part of the plant which can be used
- The root of the plant
Present in the market
- Eye drops.
- Herbal tea.
Medical Use and Dosage – mode of administration
CHELIDONIUM MAJUS is used to treat conditions such as bile and liver disorders. The fresh latex is used in the treatment of warts, but it also deals with other skin complaints such as corns, psoriasis, infections, eczema and tumors of the skin. In all aforementioned health problems can be taken 2 – 4 ml of tincture 3 times a day.
For the treatment of psoriasis and other skin problems, can be applied ointment or gel. Ointment can be applied 1 – 2 times daily or otherwise can be used gel 1 – 3 times daily.
Other uses are:
Infusion of the dried herb: It is used in jaundice, eczema, scrofulous diseases, etc. It also promotes perspiration.
Herbal tea: Can be used as diuretic and anticonvulsant. In combination with Chelidonium majus, the Solidaginis herba, Pulminariae folium, Thymi herba, tea can be consumed 1- 3 times daily.
The addition of aniseeds in a decoction of the herb in wine has been held to increase its efficacy in removing obstructions of the liver and gall.
A fluid extract: 8 to 10 drops of the tincture made from the whole herb, or of the fresh juice, given as a dose three times per day in sweetened water, is considered excellent for overcoming torpid conditions of the liver.
The acrid juice is commonly used fresh to cure warts, ringworm and corns, but should not be allowed to come into contact with any other part of the skin.
Ointment of the roots, lard, leaves and flowers boiled together, has been used with advantage for piles.
Its moderate consumption is toxic so it is essential to be careful when using it.
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Combinations & Contraindications
Chelidonium can be combined with Tinctura Cholagoga (DRF) (a combination of Chelidonium majus tincture with Silybum marianum tincture and Strychnos nux-vomica tincture) and Tinctura Cholagoga Fortis (DRF) (a combination of Chelidonium majus tincture, Silybum marianum tincture, Atropa belladonna tincture and Mint Oil.
The intake of the medicinal product is contraindicated for people who suffer from liver diseases or who had liver diseases in history or in cases of concomitant intake of other liver damaging medicinal products.
Do not take overdose. It might cause skin irritation, sleepiness, cough, and paralysis of mucous membranes of internal organs.
It is contraindicated to be used during pregnancy without medical surveillance.
Recognized Ethnobotanical use
Chelidonium is used to treat many conditions such as bile and liver disorders. The fresh latex is used in the treatment of warts, but it also deals with other skin complaints such as corns, infections, eczema and tumors of the skin.