Globe artichoke
Botanical name

Cynara scolymus


Artichoke leaves have been shown to have distinct choleretic (bile flow stimulating) action, resulting in the popular use of artichoke extract in Europe for the treatment of mild dyspepsia and indigestion (particularly following a meal high in fat). Artichoke has also been shown to decrease blood fats and cholesterol and protect the liver form toxic damage.

Conditions commonly used for
  • High cholesterol
  • Gallstones
  • Liver disease, poor liver function, liver damage
  • Digestive upset including loss of appetite, indigestion, bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, and flatulence
Common dosage range

The suggested adult amount of the standardized leaf extract is 320640 mg three times daily for a minimum of six weeks

Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Taken at the recommended dosage there are no known side effects
  • Contraindicated in those who are allergic to artichokes and other members of the daisy family.
  • Contraindicated in those who have any obstruction of the bile duct (eg. as a result of gallstones). There have been reports of kidney failure and/or toxicity from the use of artichoke leaves.
  • Caution regarding use during pregnancy since no standards of safety have been established.
  • There are no well-known drug interactions with artichoke.
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