Greater celandine properties
GREATER CELANDINE BENEFITS
Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) was a plant used in ancient times as a sedative remedy or pain reliever, for the eyes and to treat warts and corns.
Its importance is summarized in some verses of popular Spanish proverb: "la cirigüeña, de todos los males es dueña".(= "Greater celandine is owner of all pains ")
In general, plants in this family are characterized by its content in latex, found in the juice of the plant. This latex is a caustic substance, used to sear warts of soften calluses.
The sap or juice of celandine is characteristically yellow or orange, due to its content in alkaloids chelidonic acid and nicotinic acid. These components have abortifacient, narcotic, sedative, antiseptic, antispasmodic and purgative effects.
External preparations with greater celandine
Internal preparations with greater celandine
It is not recommended to take celandine internally. Its use must be prescribed by a doctor.
Celandine is a highly toxic plant and can have unwanted side effects. If you choose any of the following remedies, you should not continue the treatment for more than 2 days. See your doctor if symptoms persist.
In some cases, internal remedies with celandine have caused acute hepatitis, which improved after stopping treatment. As a precaution, you should consult other natural remedies.
Celandine preparations in internal use that have been used are:
Dosage of Celandine
Caution: choose fresh and clean plants, which have not been contaminated by animals or chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc..). The whole plant is collected during flowering. We do not recommend the use of its roots.
The dried plant loses its properties at 6 months, so this plant remedies are prepared from the fresh plant.
Formerly, celandine root was cut and placed on the forehead of the patient. It was believed that if he/she was going to die, it made the patient cry. But if he/she was going to heal, it made him/her sing. However, because of its high content in alkaloid narcotics and sedatives, one should not use the root of celandine.
Swallow herb or swallowwort
Dioscorides mentioned celandine as a remedy for the eyes when applied topically. He relates that swallows squeeze the juice of the plant in the eyes of their young to destroy the membrane that prevents ocular vision in their first moments of life.
Taking this as a reference, greater celandine was once used by people to treat cataracts, although this use was fortunately abandoned a long time ago.
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