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Chelidonium majus


Diseases of gall bladder and liver, gall bladder colic, cirrhosis of the liver, spasms, follow-up to hepatitis treatment, digestive disorders ...


Composition :
100% Chelidonium majus herba / rhizoma - 180 mg

Part used :
Entire blooming plant

Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus), in Europe known as Tetterwort (in the US, however, Tetterwort refers to Bloodroot / Sanguinaria canadensis), is a herbaceous perennial plant in the Poppy family (Papaveraceae), native to Europe and western Asia, but found widely in North America. While the Greater Celandine belongs to the Poppy family, the Lesser Celandine belongs to the Buttercup family.

Greater Celandine grows erect and reaches 30 to 70 cm (12-27in) in height. The leaves are lobed and wavy-edged, 30 cm (12in) long. When injured, the plant exudes a yellow to orange latex (sap). The flowers consist of four yellow petals, each about 1 cm (1/3in) long, with two sepals. A double-flowered variety occurs naturally. The flowers appear from late spring to summer in umbelliform cymes of about 4 flowers.The seeds are small and black, borne in a long capsule.

The effect of the fresh herb is of a mild analgesic, purgative, anti-microbial, anti-carcinogetic and central nervous system sedative (spasmolytic). Greater Celandine has traditionally been used for treatment of various inflammatory diseases including atopic dermatitis. It is also traditionally used in the treatment and prevention of gallstones and indigestion.

The bio-active ingredients include alkaloids like chelidonin (similar effect like papaverin), berberin, sanguinarin, protopin and chelerythrin. Together with cheidonic acid, several flavanoids, enzymes, saponins and carotinoids they are the reason for the yellow-orange latex, which is a god gift for the gall bladder and the digestive system.

History: As far back as Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides (1st century BC) this herb has been recognized as a useful detoxifying agent. The root has been chewed to relieve toothache. It was formerly used by gypsies as a foot refresher; modern herbalists use its purgative properties. Juliette de Bairacli Levy, the English herbalist, recommended Greater Celandine for the eyes, diluted with milk, and the latex to be used for getting rid of warts. Greater Celandine was a favourite herb of the French herbalist Maurice Mességué.

Note: Before using Greater Celandine, consult with your pharmacist or physician.


Take 1-2 capsules three times daily, with plenty of water.