blessed thistle

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blessed thistle

n.
An annual yellow-flowered herb (Cnicus benedictus) in the composite family, having spiny leaves and used in herbal medicine.

blessed thistle

an annual herb found in Europe and Asia.
uses This herb is used for loss of appetite, indigestion, and intestinal gas. It is probably safe when used as recommended, but evidence of effectiveness is lacking.
contraindications Blessed thistle should not be used during pregnancy, in children, or in those with known hypersensitivity to the herb.

blessed thistle

Herbal medicine
An annual herb that contains alkaloids, cnicin, mucilage and tannin; it is anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, emetic and haemostatic. Blessed thistle has a long medicinal history, and was believed to be a cure-all; it has been used as a cardiovascular and gastrointestinal tonic, to increase the flow of breast milk, for arthritis, fever, headaches and menstrual cramping, and applied topically for abscesses, itching and wounds.

Toxicity
Blessed thistle is a potent emetic; it should not be used in pregnancy.

bless·ed this·tle

(bles'ĕd this'ĕl)
An herbal made from the leaves and flowers of Cnicusbenedictus; purported therapeutic effect onmany internal organs; alleged value in improving memory. This agent has a long history with mentions of its use during the Middle Ages, where it was used as a specific against the Black Death. Approved for use as a medicine in Germany.
Synonym(s): cardo santo, holy thistle, spotted thistle, St Benedict thistle.