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greater celandine

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that is a potent skin irritant, used by herbalists of the Middle Ages for removing warts; it was further believed, according to the so-called “doctrine of signatures”, that its bright orange flowers signalled greater celandine’s efficacy in treating jaundice.
Greater celandine is irritating to the skin and GI tract and depresses the CNS; it should be adminstered with caution.


(Chelidonium majus) Herbal recommended for use against GI disorders and palliation of dermatologic problems; clinical studies suggest possible use as an antineoplastic; hepatitis reported as adverse effect; should be considered toxic; not approved in U.S. markets as a drug, but is often found combined with other ingredients in herbal compounds.
Synonym(s): felonwort, rock poppy.
[L. chelidonia, fr. G. chelidōn, swallow]

celandine (se·lanˑ·dēn),

n Latin name:
Chelidonium majus; parts used: buds, leaves, roots; uses: antiinflammatory, digestive aid, spasms in the digestive tract, medicine for the liver and gallbladder; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, long-term use, can cause hypotension, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, hepatotoxicity, polyuria, and polydipsia. Also called
celandine poppy, common celandine, felonwort, garden celandine, greater celandine, rock poppy, swallow wort, tetter wort, or
wart wort.
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Putting my botanical stumbling to shame, Gary McLardy writes with news of blooming corn marigolds, red dead nettle, veronica persica, and many lesser celandines and dandelions along Alt Road and Altcar Road near Formby by-pass.
You wouldn't know it from the biting northerly winds,but spring continues to advance, withPeter Tipping finding the star-shaped golden blooms of many lesser celandines in the Netherley area, where he heard great spotted woodpecker drumming last weekend.