Globe artichokeâ€”not to be confused with the Jerusalem artichoke, which is a tuberâ€”is a large thistle-like perennial that has been used medicinally from ancient times. The fleshy bracts of the immature flower are also commonly eaten as a vegetable.
Naturopathic physician William A. Mitchell, Jr. describes it as a â€œsafe and effective remedyâ€ that acts not only as a good hepatic antioxidant, but also as â€œa good remedy for sluggish gallbladder, gallbladder colic, and the nausea and pain associated with gallbladder disease.â€
Cynarin, in Globe Artichoke, has very specific properties, being able to stimulate choleresis but at the same time also anti-toxic liver functions. This gives the globe artichoke a special position, for it combines liver and gallbladder activities.â€
Globe artichoke is known to have yet another effect: a reduction in blood fats.... This opens up completely new avenues for the medicinal use of the globe artichoke. Practical experience has long since shown that this herbhas a lasting beneficial effect in gallstone disease. Now it can be explained. A close relationship between gallstone formation and cholesterol metabolism has been established for a long time, though it has not been possible to define it exactly. The recent findings relating to depression of serum cholesterol levels with artichoke extract suggest that there might be a causal effect on gallstone formation. Gallstone disease should thus become a major indication for globe artichoke in the future.â€
This wonderfully useful tincture is an important ingredient in our Canadian Bittersâ„¢ formula and is made from the dried and fresh leaf of organic globe artichoke.
Administration: 60 drops (2 ml), three times daily, in a little water, before meals.
Contraindications and Cautions:
Consult a health care practitioner before use if you are pregnant, if you have gall stones, or if symptoms persist or worsen.