Artichoke has chemicals that can reduce nausea and vomiting, spasms, and intestinal gas. These chemicals have also been shown to lower cholesterol.
In foods, artichoke leaves and extracts are used to flavor beverages. Cynarin and chlorogenic acid, which are chemicals found in artichoke, are sometimes used as sweeteners.
Cleansing the liver--when toxins build up in the liver it is unable to function adequately. According to Natural Detox, signs that the liver needs cleansing include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, premenstrual syndrome, skin irritation, dry mouth and sluggish digestion. The bile production, stimulated by the artichoke leaf extract, benefits the liver by helping it to eliminate toxins.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic digestive disorder, which can cause stomach pain, constipation, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, emotional distress and depression. In August 2004 The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study claiming that artichoke leaf extract can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Germany's Commission E has authorized its use for "dyspeptic problems." Dyspepsia is a rather vague term that corresponds to the common word "indigestion," indicating a variety of digestive problems including discomfort in the stomach, bloating, lack of appetite, nausea, and mild diarrhea or constipation.
Artichoke leaf has not been associated with significant side effects in studies so far, but full safety testing has not been completed. For this reason, it should not be used by pregnant or nursing women. Safety in young children or in people with severe liver or kidney disease has also not been established. In addition, because artichoke leaf is believed to stimulate gallbladder contraction, individuals with gallstones or other forms of gallbladder disease could be put at risk by using this herb.
The leafy cardoon (Cynara cardunculus L.) and the globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.) are two cultivars of a new subspecies Cynara cardunculus L. subsp. flavescens Wiklund. Nevertheless, the botanical name, Cynara scolymus has been kept for the monograph, in accordance with the European Pharmacopoeia (Cynara scolymus) not distinguishing morphologically the two types of the plant cultivars (globe artichoke and leafy cardoon).
Botanical Name: Cynara cardunculus
Standardized: 2.5% cynarin
aka: Pharmacopoeial Name: Cynarae folium. Other Names: The name has originated from ardi shauki, which is Arabic for ground-thorn, through the Italian: articiocco, English: globe artichoke, French: artichaut, German: Artischocke, Hungarian: articsóka level, Latvian: artišoka lapas, Greek: Κιν?ρα, Swedish: kronärtskocka, Dutch: artisjok, Portuguese: alcachofra, Croatian: arti?oka, Turkish: enginar, Russian: ???????, Spanish: alcachofa, alcachofera.
Notes: Kosher Certified by Halal AHF. Non-irradiated. No ETO. Carrier used: Maltodextrin 6%
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