Artichoke Leaf {Cynara scolymus}

Artichoke leaves are widely used for their cholagogue (an agent that promotes an increased flow of bile) action. Artichoke stimulates the flow of bile from the liver and therefore aids digestion and reduces cholesterol by stimulating the gallbladder and liver. It contains the polyphenol cyanarin and flavonoid luteolin aiding in its powerful antioxidant effect in the body.

Family: Asteracae

Habitat: Native to North Africa

Part used: Leaf, flowerhead, root

Hypolipidemic, Hepatoprotective, Bitter digestive stimulant (Cynarin), Cholagogue, Choleretic, Hepato-trophorestorative, Diuretic, Antioxidant

Dyslipidemia and digestive debility, Prevention and treatment of gallstones, Hypochlorhydria and Hyperlibidemia, Sluggish liver and gallbladder problems

Bitter Caffeic acid derivatives: cynarin; sesquiterpene lactones, Flavonoids, Inulin, Volatile oils

Asteraceae sensitivity (empirical)

Warnings & Interactions: 1A {Safety Chart}


This monograph does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. It is always advisable to consult with your trusted Herbalist or healthcare professional prior to use. Click here to book your appointment.

. Find a complete list of references for this monograph and a review of its evidence based applications in “Naturopathic Botanical Medicine” by Dr. Anthony Godfrey, and Paul Richard Saunders with Kerry Barlow, Cindy Gilbert, Mathew Gowan and Fraser Smith.
. (King’s American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.)


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