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The German Commission E Monographs, a therapeutic guide to herbal medicine, approve Cnicus benedictus for dyspepsia indigestion and loss of appetite see [] for critics of commission E.

Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. The plant is used externally in the treatment of wounds and ulcers[]. Other species once included in the genus have largely been reclassified to CirsiumCarduusand Centaurea.

Flower heads, harvested before the flowers open, have been used as a globe artichoke Cynara cardunculus substitute[].

Blessed thistle is traditionally believed to increase stomach acid secretion and may be inadvisable in patients with stomach ulcers, reflux disease heartburnhiatal hernia, or Barrett’s esophagus.

Human research of blessed thistle as a treatment for viral infections is lacking. QR Code What’s this? The plant is harvested in the summer as it comes into flower and is dried for later use[4].

A very ornamental plant, it is often cultivated in Europe as a medicinal herb and for its oil yielding seed[9, 61]. State noxious weed lists for 46 states. Click on an acronym benedictux view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U. May be bitter in taste. This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above.

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If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Laboratory studies suggest that blessed thistle may increase the risk of bleeding, although effects in humans are not known. It has sometimes nenedictus used as a galactogogue to promote lactation. It is benwdictus a component in some bitters formulas. This is a QR code short for Quick Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages.

Reliable human study is lacking. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant[9]. Planta Med ;24 2: You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.

Planta Med ;53 3: If you have a medical cnlcus, or are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements, you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new therapy.

Cnicus benedictus L.

Arch Pharm Res ;18 6: Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. It is used in the treatment of the liver and gall bladder[9]. Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cnicus benedictus. Habitats Dry sunny places in arable, stony and waste ground[7, 9, ].

However, high-quality trials showing benefits in humans are lacking. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. It is known in other parts of the world, including parts of North America, as an introduced species and often a noxious weed. There is no guarantee of strength, purity or safety of products, and effects may vary.


Novitch M, Schweiker R. It is hardy to zone UK 8. A warm infusion of the plant is said to be one of the most effective means of improving the milk supply of a nursing mother[4]. Phytochemical investigation of medicinal plant Cnicus wallichii and Cnicus benedictus L.

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C Blessed thistle is traditionally believed to stimulate stomach acid secretion and has been used as a treatment for indigestion or gas. Although less widely used nowadays, it is still seen to have a wide range of applications though it is mainly employed as an ingredient in herbal tonics[].

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For a list of references used on this page please go here. Easily grown in ordinary garden soil[1]. The flower heads are rather small and using them in this way is very fiddly[K].