Chelidonium majus Common name: Greater Celandine
Part used: Aerial parts, root
Constituents: Isoquinoline alkaloids (sanguinarine, chelidonine, berberine)
Actions: Choleretic, cholagogue, bitter, anti-HPV, analgesic, laxative, diaphoretic, antispasmodic
Medical uses: For biliary insufficiency, prevention of gallstones, and common warts (topical). For liver/gallbladder problems (hepatitis, jaundice, hepatic congestion) and GI cramping.
Pharmacy: Tincture: (1:1. 45%), 2-4ml TID. Dried herb: 2-4g TID. Infusion: 1/4 tsp/cup, infuse 10 min, QD. Fresh juice: topically for warts.
Contraindications: Biliary obstruction, hepatic failure, pregnancy & lactation (controversial)
Toxicity: Long term at high doses can be hepatotoxic and/cause skin irritation.
Interactions: None known.