Artichoke is a plant, parts of which are often used to make cooking spices. Whole parts may be used in recipes too. The roots, the stem and leaves are often used to make various kinds of medicines which help treat different diseases.

Properties of Artichoke

  • Artichoke is a rich source of Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium. It can be used in treating mineral related deficiencies in people to a large extent.
  • Artichoke helps improve the overall functioning of the digestive system.
  • It is useful in providing relief from stomach pain and other stomach disorders.
  • It improves problems like stomach upset, flatulence and nausea too.
  • By consuming Artichoke, one can experience relief from vomiting.
  • It is effective in the treatment of high cholesterol related problems and can also help lower cholesterol levels in people.
  • It can also help provide relief from alcoholic side effects and hangovers.
  • It can be used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.
  • It can help in the treatment of water retention and similar problems.
  • It is useful to heal injuries and snakebites.
  • It can help improve certain types of kidney problems.
  • It can help treat anemia conditions and normalize the iron and hemoglobin levels in a patient.
  • It can be effective in treating arthritis and different types of joint pains.
  • It is useful in the treatment of liver problems as also to promote healthy functions of the liver. In this sense it helps protect the liver from toxins and impurities. This eventually helps reduce the chance of liver infection.
  • It can help prevent gall bladder stones.
  • Artichoke can help in the treatment of high blood pressure and related diseases.
  • It has several other health benefits and can help improve the immune system and related body functions.
  • It is extremely useful in the treatment of diabetes and can help regularize blood sugar levels in insulin deficient patients.

Tips and Warnings

  • When used in food quantities, Artichoke is generally considered safe for most people.
  • It is also considered safe as a medicine.
  • In certain cases, Artichoke may cause minor side effects in people. Although this is considered very rare.
  • It can lead to flatulence or allergic reactions in some people, although this is quite rare too.
  • People who are allergic to plants or flowers like marigolds, daisies and other herbs should avoid consuming Artichoke. If used as a medicine though it can be consumed along with an anti-allergen.
  • Patients who are pregnant or breast feeding new born babies should avoid having Artichoke. However, if had in small quantities it is considered safe for use. Large quantities may cause harm to the fetus or new born baby or might affect the health of the mother.
  • If you suffer from gall bladder stones it is better to have smaller quantities of Artichoke at a time.
  • Artichoke should be consumed with other fruits and vegetables.