Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus)

greater celandineGreater Celandine (Chelidonium majus) is known in various localities as tetterwort, swallow wort, garden celandine, nipplewort, or in Traditional Chinese medicine it is known as “bai qu cai“. This herbaceous perennial plant which grows up to 20 inches tall is native to North America, the Middle East and Europe. Its habitat includes all areas with moist soils, starting from opened fields and mountainous areas and ending up with deep woodlands. It belongs to the poppy family and is a relative of such plants as the common milkweed and bloodroot. Health benefits of celandine were discovered and have been used for centuries in the framework of alternative medicine.

For numerous herbal uses, usually only flowering tops of the plant should be picked up. However, there are conditions which can be treated by using fresh yellow sap that can be collected from freshly cut stems of the plant. Despite of quite high toxicity of the plant caused by the presence of isoquinoline alkaloids, it can be used in moderate doses by everyone who wants to enjoy numerous Greater celandine health benefits.

  • Health Benefits Of CelandineThis medicinal herb is considered one of the best herbal remedies for such skin problems as warts. To treat warts, it is recommended to use yellow sap of the plant, possibly mixed with vinegar.
  • Other skin diseases like fistulas, eczema, psoriasis, ringworms, other skin infections, as well as calluses and corns, could be also treated using yellow latex of the plant.
  • It is reported that celandine infusion can be potentially effective to treat skin cancer.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties and health benefits of celandine can be used to treat rheumatism and arthritis.
  • The above stated actions of this plant can assist in treating bile duct and gall bladder inflammation.
  • Celandine infusion can be used to treat various diseases and ailments of respiratory system, including bronchitis, asthma, chronic tonsillitis, coughs and so on.
  • For many centuries, this herb has been used to treat such diseases as hepatitis and gout.
  • Health benefits of celandine also include positive effect on general function of the digestive system.
  • The infusion can be used to treat eye irritation.
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