Greater celandine side effects

(Chelidonium majus)


Possible side- effects of greater celandine

Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) is a toxic plant. It is used as a topical remedy for warts, corns and cutaneous herpes.

It is NOT an edible plant, so it can not consumed because it is poisonous. However, although not recommended, there are medicinal domestic remedies preparations with this plant.

External treatments

Treatments with greater celandine, internally or externally, can have the main following side effects:

  • Allergy: People allergic to plants may have allergy celandine.

  • Contact dermatitis from the fresh plant. We recommend wearing gloves to manipulate the plant.

  • Vesicles, blisters, burns and skin ulcers because the plant juice (latex) is caustic or abrasive.

  • Respiratory tract irritation, nausea and vomiting due to inhalation of the plant.

  • Irritation of the eyes.

Internal treatments


Photo of greater celandine, with flowers and fruit

  • Bright yellow urine.

  • Burning in the mouth, nausea or vomiting.

  • Heartburn, abdominal pain, diarrhea with or without blood. The plant irritant can cause gastritis and even stomach ulcers.

  • Irritation of the respiratory system: dyspnea, cough.

  • Sleepiness because of the narcotic alkaloids produced by the plant.

  • Obstruction of the bile ducts: celandine choleretic effect, which stimulates output of gallbladder stones. In some cases, large stones may remain in bile ducts causing biliary colic and obstruction.

  • Hepatitis: described with celandine remedies that can cause acute hepatitis. In most cases, there is an improvement of the disease when treatment is stopped.

  • Involuntary abortion: celandine has abortifacient properties.

  • The extract or the fresh plant can cause kidney damage and liver damage.

Celandine in pregnancy and lactation

  • Do not take this plant if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Do not administer to children under 12. It can trigger allergies.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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