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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.
A typical dosage of greater celandine extract is standardized to supply 4 mg of the substance chelidonine three times daily. 1 However, we suggest that you do not use it at all. (See Safety Issues.)
For the treatment of warts, greater celandine is applied directly to the wart and allowed to dry there.
- Ritter R, Schatton WFH. Clinical trial on standardized celandine extract in patients with functional epigastric complaints: results of placebo-controlled double-blind trial. Comp Ther Med. 1993;1:189–93.