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(Cynara cardunculus)

The flower heads are commonly eaten as a vegetable, but extracts of the leaves and root are said to be helpful in preventing arteriosclerosis and have also been used for jaundice, dyspepsia, liver insufficiency, and postoperative anemia., In some countries, the artichoke is considered an aphrodisiac.

PROPERTIES: Cholagogue, diuretic.
Parts used: leaf 

• Traditionally used as a “water pill” to increase urine flow

• improve digestion

• support for sluggish liver, poor digestion and arteriosclerosis.

• works well in the treatment of kidney diseases 

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Tincture: 10 to 60 drops three times a day or 2 to 10 pumps of the spray.

CONTRA INDICATIONS: Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not use if you are allergic to the Asteraceae (daisy) family. Those who have any obstruction of the bile duct (gallstones) should not take Artichoke. 

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.