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Artichoke has long been eaten as a vegetable. The leaves were used for their diuretic properties. The leaves and roots were employed to help prevent atherosclerosis and to treat diabetes. Other reported uses include for jaundice, anemia, and dyspepsia.


400mg one to three times daily. Therapeutic use may reach 1.5g - 4g per day. No restriction on long-term use.

Potential applications

Prevention and treatment of toxic conditions, particularly those involving the liver; long term prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease; to improve and regenerate hepatic (liver) function; as an antioxidant. Some data suggests that compounds within the plant exert anti-inflammatory effects. Caffeic acids found in artichoke have exhibited activity against the HIV virus, preventing replication in tissue culture. A useful aid in preventing kidney disorders.

Known contraindications

Closure of the gallbladder. Patients with known allergies to artichoke and similar plants (Compositae family)


None known.

Use in conjunction with

  • Poor digestion - milk thistle, digestive aid, probiotics, fibre complex, EFAs
  • Cholesterol reduction - garlic, antioxidant complex, vitamin C, flax seed oil, grape seed/pycnogenol


Leclerc said that artichoke would be ideal for 'wringing out the hepatic sponge'.


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