Celandine (Chelidonium majus) is a medicinal plant native to Europe and Asia and has long been used in natural medicine. The plant belongs to the poppy family and is also called wartwort or swallowwort.
Celandine contains various active ingredients, including alkaloids such as chelidonine, sanguinarine and berberine, which give it its healing properties. The plant is traditionally used to treat skin diseases, digestive problems, respiratory diseases and liver problems.
Celandine has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties that can help treat many diseases. It can also help detoxify the body and relieve pain.
One of the best known uses of celandine is the treatment of warts and other skin lesions such as eczema and psoriasis. For this purpose, the herb is either drunk as a tea or applied as a tincture to the affected area.
Celandine can also provide relief from digestive problems such as stomach and intestinal cramps and liver problems. It promotes digestion and can help improve bile and liver functions.
However, it is important to note that celandine should only be taken in moderation and under medical supervision. Some of its active ingredients can be toxic and therefore should not be overdosed. It should also be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Overall, celandine has an important place in naturopathy due to its healing properties and is still used by many people to support their health. However, it is important to inform yourself sufficiently before using it and, in case of doubt, consult a doctor or alternative practitioner.