Celandine: useful properties and contraindicationsoil, juice, tincture, decoction

Update: October 2018

Celandine is a herbaceous perennial plant of the family
poppy It has a branched straight stem that can reach
heights are up to 1 m. The root is light brown. Leaves
cirrus, arranged in turn, have a rich green color
above, and below – gray color.

Flowering occurs in the summer, from May to August. The flowers are on
the ends of the stem and have a bright yellow color. The fruit is
pod black. A distinctive feature of the celandine is
orange juice, which is released when the stalk breaks, stalks,
roots and stains the skin in a resistant yellow-orange color.

The plant is unpretentious, grows rapidly and
adapts well even to poor soils. If you break off
the stem is at the root itself – it will grow anyway. Favorite places
– The area along the fence, fence, dead tree, roads.

The plant belongs to the medicinal, without exception, its parts
are poisonous! In no case can not use juice
plants for internal treatment in undiluted form! Weight
useful properties of celandine require a reasonable approach in the treatment and
very careful use.

Collection of raw materials, harvesting

The pharmaceutical industry produces various
medicinal forms of the plant (dry herb, oil, ointment), however
the ubiquitous prevalence of celandine allows yourself
harvest it and apply for medical purposes.

All parts of the plant have medicinal value. Green parts
harvested during flowering – crushed and dried in a dry and
ventilated room or in a dryer at T 50 C and is used to
cooking decoctions, infusions, tinctures. The second method is drying.
plants entirely (without root), suspended. Dry stalks
must break with a crunch, and not bend – this is the main feature
readiness of raw materials. Dried plant stored in dark and dry
place in fabric bags.

The roots are thoroughly washed from the ground, dried from water, and
then bind 3-5 pieces and hang in a dark dry room
for drying. Dry root storage is also carried out in the dark and
dryness, and it can be used for 5 years after

From the root and fresh herbs squeeze the juice, which is used for
removal of papillomas, warts and warts.

Chemical composition of celandine

The plant has a rich chemical composition that determines
therapeutic effect. Roots contain chemicals in greater
concentration, rather than the aboveground part. Older plants also
characterized by a higher concentration of chemicals
compared to the young. Hence the conclusion that the raw materials mined from
young plants, has a milder effect and less

  1. Alkaloids. Celandine contains about 20 alkaloids. it
    Nitrogen-containing substances of organic nature, characterized by high
    physiological activity. It is important to understand that in small doses
    alkaloids have a healing effect, and in large ones
    vegetable poisons. The action of alkaloids varied:

    • chelidonine acts like morphine, rendering it soothing and
      analgesic effect;
    • homohelidonin has a pronounced analgesic effect;
    • chelerythrine has a local irritating effect;
    • sanguinarine activates salivary gland secretion and peristalsis
    • protopin reduces the excitability of the vegetative nervous
  2. Essential oils. it сложные смеси безазотистых веществ, хорошо
    soluble in fats and alcohol. Essence of celandine have
    anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antispasmodic
    action, removing spasm of blood vessels and smooth muscle
    fibers of internal organs.
  3. Saponins are organic plant matter that form
    resistant foam when mixed with water. Render soothing and
    diuretic effect.
  4. Amines (tyramine, histamine, etc.). Participate in the regulation of vital
    important processes in the body, reduce blood pressure.
  5. Flavonoids – substances that are poorly soluble in water, having a yellow
    coloring. They have a pronounced antispasmodic effect on smooth
    musculature of blood vessels and organs. Increase activity
    organism against alien agents, exerting antiallergenic,
    antiviral and anti-cancer effects.
  6. Organic acids (citric, malic, amber). Participate
    in metabolism.
  7. Vitamins (C, B-carotene). Promote immunity,
    have antiviral, antioxidant and anti-cancer

Celandine: useful properties and contraindications

The plant is characterized by a number of beneficial effects on the body,
among which:

  • pain killer
  • anti-inflammatory
  • choleretic
  • diuretic
  • mild laxative
  • antitumor
  • bactericidal
  • antiviral
  • fortifying

The plant calms unequal system, helps reduce
blood pressure and smooth muscle spasms
(antispasmodic effect).

Indications for use

Note that all forms of plants for internal use should
apply carefully, tracking the response of the body and after
coordination with the attending physician. The plants are poisonous!

Indications for use celandine are:

  • diseases of the gallbladder and liver associated with stagnation
    bile, lethargy intestines, chronic diseases of the stomach, kidneys, (outside
  • rheumatism
  • inflammatory processes of the oropharynx and nasopharynx, urinary
  • hypertension
  • oncological diseases
  • psoriasis, eczema, fungal infection of the nails and skin
  • acne, warts, papillomas, warts

Medicinal properties of celandine have been used in the treatment of neurosis
and depressive conditions.

Contraindications to the use of celandine

Еще раз отметим, что все части растения are poisonous! Everything
Options for internal use are small doses of celandine, which
in no case be exceeded. Any dosage form on
plant-based may be applicable for 2 consecutive weeks, but
no more!

Contraindications to treatment with celandine are as follows.

  • Individual intolerance;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Lactation period (internal use);
  • Children under the age of three (outwardly) and up to 12 years
  • Epilepsy;
  • Severe mental disorders;
  • Angina pectoris;
  • Chronic constipation;
  • Acute or Severe Liver and Stomach Diseases
  • Severe, prolonged dysbacteriosis;
  • Bronchial asthma.

Application of celandine

Celandine juice

Juice is used for pinpoint cauterization of such formations as
condylomas, calluses, warts. It is used to combat
manifestations of lupus erythematosus, in the initial stage. Apply 3
times a day, dot processing elements, excluding hits on
healthy skin. After the top layer of skin lesions
dries, it should be cleaned carefully after water procedures before
subsequent application of juice.


Juice is used to treat diseases of the nasopharynx, sinusitis and
others, proceeding with inflammation. In the nasal passages bury pas 2-3
drops of juice diluted in cooled boiled water (1: 2).

Fresh juice is very easy to get – celandine stalk
cracks in a thick place, on the break it immediately stands out orange
liquid, which burns and skin formations.

For juice in the future young plants are dug along with
roots, washed thoroughly, cut into small pieces, let pass
through the meat grinder and squeeze the mixture through gauze. Ready
juice is poured into a jar with a screw cap and put in
cool and dark place. After 4-5 days, the fermentation of the juice will begin,
you need to open the lid and release the gas, then close the jar again. So
repeat 2-3 times over the next week. Ready сок не
must emit gas or bubble. You can use it for 3 years
when properly stored, clogged, dark and cool

Everything манипуляции с растением следует производить в перчатках!


Infusion используют для внутреннего применения в качестве
analgesic, diuretic and choleretic agent to improve
metabolism and strengthen the immune system. Effective decoction for removal
spasms of colic, gastrointestinal, urinary and gallstone disease,

For cooking 1 tsp. dry herbs pour 200 ml
boiling water and insist 1 hour. Take three times a day for 1 tsp.

Alcohol tincture of celandine

Effective for the treatment of hypertension and neurosis. Recipe for
cooking alcohol tinctures – 1 tbsp. dry raw materials are poured
vodka or alcohol in a volume of 200 ml and insist in the dark for 2 weeks,
filter and store in the cold. Apply 5 drops, diluted 1
st.l. water, 2-3 times a day after meals.


Decoction применяют для лечение акне и прыщей. 1 st.l. dry raw materials
pour 300 ml of water and boil on low heat for 5 minutes, cool,
filter and use for lotions that make 15 minutes
bedtime on clean skin. Can be used daily – as
As a rule, the skin is cleared of acne when using celandine
a week later.


Ointment используют для удаления бородавок и мозолей, а также
treatment of psoriasis, eczema, genital warts and the elimination of such
cosmetic problems like pigmentation and freckles.

Fresh plant juice and medical petrolatum mixed in proportion
1: 4. Ointment используют точечно, обрабатывая проблемные элементы 2-3
times a day. Store in the refrigerator (suitable for 2 years).

Celandine oil

  • It is used in the treatment of warts, papillomatosis,
    furunculosis, herpetic eruptions, calluses, lichen, microbial
    eczema, psoriasis and even cutaneous tuberculosis. Oil applied to
    the affected areas 2 times a day for 15 minutes, then the remnants of the composition
    wash off.
  • Similarly, eliminate acne, acne, pigmentation.
  • For the treatment of nail and skin fungus, the affected areas are steamed.
    and remove the horny tissue, then apply oil on the skin and nails and
    leave overnight.
  • Recommend oil and with fading skin – 2-3 drops mixed with
    face cream (volume required for a single use) and
    наносят на лицо 2 times a day.
  • The oil is used to treat vaginosis – a few drops.
    put on a tampon and injected into the vagina at night, as well as external
    геморроя – смазывают геморроидальные узлы 2-3 times a day.

In oncology

It should be noted that official medicine is not recognizes
anticancer action of celandine, but homeopaths, herbalists and
Connoisseurs actively promote the plant, as a cure for
cancer, effective in the early stages of the disease, especially for cancer
breast, bladder, pancreas, colon
guts and skin.

Для лечения рака внутренних органов готовят настой: 1 st.l.
dry raw materials are poured 250 мл кипятка выдерживают в термосе 1.5
часа, процеживают и трижды в день принимают по 2 st.l. before meals.

For the treatment of skin cancer, an ointment is prepared: 20% dry powder from
plants, 70% medical vaseline and 10% lanolin. Ointmentю
смазывают образование на коже 2-3 times a day.

Side effect and overdose of celandine

Alkaloids that make up the plant, even with minor
overdose can cause dizziness, vomiting, paralysis,
convulsions and even death from paralysis of the respiratory center. Long lasting
use of plant preparations leads to gastrointestinal dysfunction
liver damage, which is expressed in the form of nausea, vomiting,
constipation, dysbiosis.

Side effects of celandine with internal administration are
gastrointestinal dysfunction (constipation, diarrhea), nausea, nausea, dizziness,
weakness, insomnia, anxiety, hypotension.

External use of fresh juice when it hits healthy
skin and mucous membranes can lead to the development of allergic reactions,
burning, swelling and chemical burn of organic origin
(redness, pain, itching).

Drug interactions

For internal use, the celandine is incompatible with the following
groups of drugs:

  • digitalis-based drugs (foxglove);
  • morphine-containing drugs;
  • sulfonamides;
  • drugs that reduce blood sugar.

Externally, the celandine can not be combined with drugs and formulations
having similar effects. For example, you cannot simultaneously
use plant juice and sodium hydroxide based liquids
or potassium hydroxide for cauterization of warts.

Автор: врач-гигиенист, эпидемиолог

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