Chelidonium majus / Greater Celandine: A Broad-Spectrum Herbal Remedy for Lungs, Digestion, Sleep, Weight Loss, and More
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Greater Celandine / Chelidonium majus is a plant that has been studied as an herbal remedy for COVID-19, but like Andrographis paniculata, Chelidonium majus is useful in the treatment of a variety of illnesses besides just those involving respiration, in particular diseases and disorders involving the digestive system. In other words, this Chelidonium majus has a broad spectrum of action. Greater Celandine can be used to treat chronic respiratory diseases like bronchitis, asthma, and whooping cough. In testament to its antiviral capabilities, Greater Celandine is quite famous as an herbal cure for warts when it is applied to the skin, but this antiviral capability also has an effect on systemic infections when it is taken by mouth.
Though Chelindonium majus can be used to cure warts of all different kinds, its anti-wart effects are most notable in regard to papillae, condylomas, and warts caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). A latex protein found in Chelindonium majus that’s composed of 147 amino acids has been scientifically proven as a treatment to decrease the viability of human cervical cancer cells. This herbal remedy for cervical cancer works whether the cancer is caused by HPV or not.
Chelindonium majus belongs to the Poppy family (Paparveraceae) and it grows wild in Europe and in Asia. It has very mild sedative properties. It contains up to 20 valuable alkaloids and it has been used for centuries to treat the following diseases and disorders:
- Regular Warts
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Warts, papillae, and condylomas
- Cervical Cancer
- Digestion problems
- Indigestion and Heartburn / Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Gallbladder Disease
- Whooping Cough
- Lung Cancer
- Skin conditions
- Weight loss
In large quantities, Greater Celandine can cause nausea and vomiting so you want to get the dosing right if you decide to take this herb. The milky juice produced by the plant, when taken in small doses, enhances the appetite and tones the digestive system by stimulating the liver, kidneys, intestinal glands, as well as the bronchial mucus membranes. The liver and gallbladder are often implicated as organs that are involved in COVID-19 infections and as such, it isn’t surprising that this herb has been successfully used to treat COVID. But anyone who is suffering from a respiratory disease that involves spasmodic coughing or constriction of the bronchial tubes could benefit from using Greater Celandine, especially if they are also suffering from a lack of appetite, restlessness or insomnia, and digestive issues.
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In Herzegovina and Bosnia, Greater Celandine has been used to specifically cure lung cancer.
A number of chronic lung diseases involve the liver and gallbladder as core areas of the body that must be treated in order for the disease to go away permanently. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Asthma, and Plastic Bronchitis are examples of chronic lung diseases that typically involve liver problems. Indeed, in some cases, these diseases may emanate entirely from colonizing bacteria that are living in the liver or the gallbladder. Herbal remedies for lung disease that also treat the liver or gallbladder, such as Greater Celandine, are an important consideration for patients who have digestive issues that are associated with chronic lung disease.
The Greater Celandine dosage for the treatment of infectious lung disease is 20-30 drops three times per day for 3 to 12 days. Most people Greater Celandine for 5 days.
Though rare, liver toxicity and hepatitis can result from long-term use of Greater Celandine. Take a break for several days from Greater Celandine every 4 weeks to avoid liver issues. If you have liver problems, note that Greater Celandine can help restore health to the liver, but you’ll need to pay attention to your body while treating your symptoms with this herbal remedy.
Other Important Links:
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