Also indexed as:Chelidonium majus
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Botanical names:Chelidonium majus
Parts Used & Where Grown
Greater celandine grows primarily in Europe and Asia, although it has been introduced in North America. The leaves and small yellow flowers of greater celandine are used as medicine. Although the roots and rhizomes of the plant have also been used medicinally, most clinical trials have used the above-ground parts of the plant collected at the time of flowering.1
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Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
European herbal traditions regard greater celandine as a valuable remedy for the topical treatment of warts.2 It was also a folk remedy for cancer, gout, jaundice, and a variety of skin diseases. The famous French herbalist Maurice Messegue used greater celandine extensively in hand and foot baths and teas for many conditions, particularly those affecting the liver.3 In eastern Asia it was also valued as a treatment for peptic ulcer.4
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