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Cichorium intybus

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Botanical Name : Cichorium intybus
Sanskrit name : Kasani, kasni, Hinduba
English Name :
Chicory, Wild Endive

Plant Parts Used :
Chicory Flowers, Seed

Description Chicory, Wild Endive:
Cichorium Intybus is a bushy perennial herb with blue or lavender flowers. The roots are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive in the plant's Mediterranean region of origin, although its use as a coffee additive. It is grown in complete darkness to keep new leaves tender and pale.



Medicinal Uses:

It was believed that the plant could purify the blood and liver, while others have relied on the herb for its power to cure passions of the heart. Chicory continues to be a popular herbal remedy due to its healing effects on several ailments. Chicory is taken internally for loss of appetite, jaundice, gallstones, gout and rheumatism. In addition, the leaves of chicory may also be used as compresses to be applied externally to ease skin inflammations and swellings. As a mild diuretic, it increases the elimination of fluid from the body, leading to its use as a treatment for rheumatism and gout. The root and the leaves are appetizer, cholagogue, depurative, digestive, diuretic, hypoglycaemic, laxative and tonic. It favors blood circulation by making blood more fluid and allowing it a better travel through vein and arteries.

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