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Celandine Herb C/S

Also Known As - Chelidonium majus

 

Organically Grown USA

Overview - Chelidonium majus is the only species of the genus Chelidonium. It is native from the subarctic to Mediterranean Europe and also grows in the temperate and subarctic regions of Asia. Celandine was introduced in North America in the early 1900's. It is a typical ruderal plant. Because the seeds are easily stuck to ants with their sweet sticky seed appendage (elaiosome), it is found frequently in wall crevices. The genus name comes from the Greek Chelidonium "chelidon" (= swallow), but is not entirely clear how this is interpreted. Theophrastus, the Greek philosopher and scientist, associates with the observation that the plant begins to bloom with the arrival of the swallows and it withers with their departure. That may be true in Greece, where the celandine certainly flowers earlier than here where it blooms after the arrival of the swallows, but typically the entire summer from May to September. What is very characteristic of the plant is that are already still yellow flowers next to mature pods on a wilting plant. Its acrid juice has been used successfully in restoring the eyesight, a property which Pliny tells us was discovered by swallows. The English name is a linguistic transformation of the Latin name, originally "celandine" (from Chelidonium). Celandine is a 30 to 60cm tall perennial with hairy branched and spreading stems. On them are sinuate-pinnate leaves, pale green on top, and blue-green frosting underneath. The flowers consist of four bright yellow petals and numerous stamens. Out of the ovary grow about 5cm long, narrow pods with many small black seeds that carry the above mentioned off-white, sweet and sticky appendage (elaiosome), with which the seeds are easily spread far and wide by animals. In all parts of the plant there is an orange juice milk, which is released when the plant is broken, even when picked, and stains the fingers yellow. The colour is caused by carotenoids and some alkaloids in the latex, in particular by sanguinarine (Lat sanguis = blood).

Medicinal Uses - With abdominal cramp pains in the bile ducts and the gastrointestinal tract (Commission E). For the symptomatic treatment of mild spasms in the upper gastrointestinal tract and slight biliousness and for dyspeptic complaints such as flatulence (ESCOP).

How does it work? The chemicals in greater celandine might slow the growth of cancer cells, but might also be harmful to normal cells. Preliminary research suggests greater celandine might increase the flow of bile. Greater celandine might also contain chemicals that reduce swelling and relieve pain. Some chemicals might kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Possibly Effective for

  • Upset stomach (dyspepsia). Some research suggests that taking a specific product (Iberogast, Medical Futures, Inc) containing greater celandine, peppermint leaf, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, clown's mustard plant, lemon balm, angelica, and milk thistle by mouth for 4 weeks reduces severity of acid reflux, stomach pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Cancer. Early research suggests that injecting a specific greater celandine product (Ukrain) intravenously under medical supervision improves survival in some people with colorectal, bladder, pancreatic, or breast cancer. However, the studies showing this benefit have been criticized because they weren't well designed. Also some research shows that high doses of this product may be poisonous. Still, other early research shows that taking a solution of a greater celandine mixture by mouth for 2 weeks might have antitumor effects in people with cancer of the esophagus.
  • Arthritis.
  • Blister rashes.
  • Gout.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Irregular menstrual periods.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Pain and swelling (inflammation).
  • Scabies.
  • Spasms in the digestive tract.
  • Stomach flu.
  • Toothache.
  • Warts.

Parts Used - The dried herb consisting of leaves, flowers and stems collected during flowering time is used.

Preparations - Can be used to make teas, but more often used as an extract or encapsulation.

 

Dosing: The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH: For upset stomach: 1 mL three times daily of a specific combination product containing greater celandine plus peppermint leaf, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, clown's mustard plant, lemon balm, angelica, and milk thistle. (Iberogast, Medical Futures, Inc) over a period of 4 weeks.

 

Special Precautions & Warnings:

"Auto-immune diseases" such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Greater celandine might cause the immune system to become more active. This might increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it's best to avoid using greater celandine.

Blockage of the bile duct (bile duct obstruction): Some greater celandine extracts appear to increase the flow of bile. There is a concern that this might make bile duct obstruction worse.

Liver disease, including hepatitis: There is some evidence that greater celandine can cause hepatitis. Don't use greater celandine if you have liver disease.

 

Specific: Not for use in pregnancy or lactation except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Not for use in persons with biliary obstruction having a history of liver disease, or taking substances contraindicated with liver disease. Not for long term use except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

 

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination!

  • Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with GREATER CELANDINE

    Greater celandine might harm the liver. Taking greater celandine along with medication that might also harm the liver can increase the risk of liver damage. Do not take greater celandine if you are taking a medication that can harm the liver.<br /> Some medications that can harm the liver include acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), amiodarone (Cordarone), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), methyldopa (Aldomet), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (Erythrocin, Ilosone, others), phenytoin (Dilantin) , lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), and many others.<br /> Before taking greater celandine, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

 

Disclaimer -These products are not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease. Reviews are not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical care or the advice of a physician or another medical professional. Actual results may vary among users. Mountain Maus Remedies LLC makes no warranty or representation, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or validity of the information contributed by outside product review submissions, and assumes no responsibility or liability regarding the use of such information. The information and statements regarding the dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your health care provider. If you are currently taking a prescription medication, you should work with your health care provider before discontinuing any drug or altering any drug regimen, including augmenting your regimen with any herb or dietary supplements. Do not attempt to self-diagnose any disease or ailment based on the reviews and do not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. Proper medical care is critical to good health. If you have a health concern or suspect you have an undiagnosed sign or symptom, please consult a physician or health care practitioner.

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