herbals chicory

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Chicory

Scientific:Cichorium intybus
Other:Chicory

Indications

Gastrointestinal
• atonic digestive complaints
- dyspepsia
- hypochlorhydria
- pancreatic insufficiency

Hepatobiliary
• biliary insufficiency
- cholestasis
- cholelithiasis (gallstones)
- jaundice
- biliary dyskinesia

Musculoskeletal
• chronic rheumatism
• arthritis
gout

Dermatologic
• chronic skin eruptions
- acne
- eczema

Actions

bitter
stomachic
cholagogue
choleretic
antimicrobial
antiinflammatory
diuretic
• laxative (mild)

Constituents

• Sesquiterpene lactones (e.g. lactucin)
• Flavonoids
• Inulin (roots)

Posology

• Tincture: 2-5 ml tid
• Fluid extract (1:1 of flower in 25% EtOH): 1-2 ml tid
• Decoction (dried root): 5-20g tid

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

References

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Barnes J, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007.

Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

Bone K. A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulations for the Individual Patient. St Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

Brinker F. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines, 3rd ed. Sandy, Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications, 2000.

Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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