Know the basics
What is Celandine used for?
For centuries, celandine has been used to treat gastrointestinal complaints, dyspepsia and gallbladder disease. Celandine also acts as a mild sedative and it has been used to treat asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. In recent years, celandine extracts have been used largely as therapy for dyspepsia and gallbladder disease, but it has also been claimed to be beneficial for skin conditions and as a weight loss agent. Roots of celandine are used to treat irregular menses and to decrease pain of toothache, tooth extraction.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies that show: Leaf extracts may contain up to 20 alkaloids, including benzophenanthridines, protoberberines and hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives. The specific chemical compound responsible for the antispasmodic activity of celandine is unknown.
Know the precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Celandine?
Assess for hepatotoxicity (increased hepatic function test results, clay-colored stools, right upper-quadrant pain, jaundice). If present, discontinue use of celandine.
Store celandine in a cool, dry place, away from heat and moisture.
The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is Celandine?
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking greater celandine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Greater celandine might cause the immune system to become more active. This might increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using greater celandine.
Some greater celandine extracts appear to increase the flow of bile. There is a concern that this might make bile duct obstruction worse.
There is some evidence that greater celandine can cause hepatitis. Don’t use greater celandine if you have liver disease.
Know the side effects
What kind of side effects may I have from Celandine?
Celandine can cause several side effects including:
- Dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, lethargy, insomnia, restlessness;
- Nausea, hepatotoxicity (mild to severe);
- Stabbing or itching sensation at lesion.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
Know the interactions
What interactions may I have with Celandine?
This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.
Medications that can harm the liver (hepatotoxic drugs) interact with greater celandine. Before taking greater celandine, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.
Understand the dosage
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for Celandine?
For upset stomach, 1mL three times daily of a specific combination product containing greater celandine plus peppermint leaf, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, clown’s mustard plant, lemon balm, angelica, and milk thistle over a period of 4 weeks.
The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does Celandine come in?
This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms: extract, tea, and tincture.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Skidmore-Roth, Linda. Mosby’s Handbook Of Herbs & Natural Supplements. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2001. Print version. Page 152.
Greater celandine. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-676-greater%20celandine.aspx?activeingredientid=676&activeingredientname=greater%20celandine. Assessed August 6, 2016.
Drug Record | Greater Celandine (Chelidonium Majus). http://livertox.nih.gov/GreaterCelandin.htm. Assessed August 6, 2016.
Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017