Other Proposed Uses
- Warts (Topical Use)
The herb greater celandine ( Chelidonium majus ), a relative of the poppy, contains an orange-colored juice that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It has been applied topically for eye and skin problems, and taken internally for bronchitis, jaundice, indigestion, cancer, and whooping cough. However, traditional herbalists appear to have missed one major problem with this herb: it can damage the liver.
What is Greater Celandine Used for Today?
Celandine has also traditionally been advocated as a topical treatment for warts . However, there is no reliable evidence that it is effective for this purpose.
For the treatment of warts, greater celandine is applied directly to the wart and allowed to dry there.
It should be noted that most people who use greater celandine do not develop liver problems. It may be that certain individuals have an especially high level of susceptibility. However, since it is not possible to determine in advance who would be at risk, we recommend that until more is known the internal use of greater celandine should be avoided entirely.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -