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Artichoke leaf is commonly used to promote digestion. The leaves of Artichoke are typically gathered right at the end of the plant’s growing season. In traditional European medicine, the leaves of the artichoke were used as a diuretic and as a choleretic to stimulate the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder.
In the July 7, 2019 issue of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, an interesting and informative article entitled The Top 6 Most Powerful Herbs for Improving Digestion and Healing the Gut, by Marlene Houghton, Ph.D, says this; Artichoke’s active properties have many benefits, but its main ingredient is cynarin. High concentrations of cynarin are found in the leaves, and they can be used to improve appetite and digestion. Their bitterness has a stimulating effect on the liver and also a cooling action. As one of the top herbs for digestion, artichoke appears to be helpful in alleviating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, improving nausea, bloating, constipation, and pain from gas. Research has shown that, taken to help maintain a healthy digestive system, digestive herbs like artichoke may also help maintain cholesterol at normal levels. (1)