Originating from Carthage and from the Mediterranean regions, the artichoke has been cultivated since the ancient times for its exceptional qualities. At present days this vegetable and medicine plant is being used in all regions of the planet. The artichoke is a 2 metre high, strongly ramified biannual culture plant.
Pharmacologic action: it stimulates the metabolization of the cholesterol in the liver; it is diuretic, tonic, depurative, hypoglycaemic.
Young artichokes consumed in their raw condition are indicated in chronic diarrheas.
Phytotherapy uses the artichoke leaves.
The preparations made from the artichoke (teas, powder, tincture) have got exceptional therapeutic qualities in case of the disorders of the blood circulation, of the hepatic and renal ones.
The artichoke powder, made from dried up leaves, is given to the patients in 2-4 grams a day quantities, in several steps and the recommendation is that it should be kept under the tongue for a few minutes and then swallowed with water.
Synthetically speaking, artichoke preparations may be used for treating cardio-vascular, liver, kidney disorders, eczemas, diabetes, podagra, hemorrhoids and for regenerating hepatic cells.
Natural treatments and application procedures:
- The artichoke juice:
- One small glass of artichoke juice is recommended to be drunk before breakfast and lunch. It is a treatment indicated for constipated people and for those with dramatic weight enhancement. It is a draining treatment in case of constipation without however aggressing the liver.
- The artichoke tea:
- The infusion is made from one spoon of mashed artichoke leaves scalded in 500 ml of water. The tea should be left for 15-20 minutes in order to become an infusion. The former mug of tea should be drunk in the morning on an empty stomach. The latter mug is to be drunk in 2 stages, namely one half of mug before breakfast and then before dinner. The treatment is to be made in 21-30 days cures with 30 day breaks.
- The artichoke tincture:
- It is made from 20 grams of mashed artichoke leaves macerated in 100 ml of 70 degree alcohol for 15 days. 5-15 drops should be taken 3 times a day. The tincture shall be diluted with water or with tea whenever taken.