Other Names

Greater Celandine, Common Celandine, Tetterwort, Celandine Poppy, Chelidonium Majus, Bloodroot, Bai Qu Cai, Celandine, Celandine Herb, Celandine Root, Celidonia Mayor, Chelidonii, Chelidonii Herba, Chelidonium Majus, Grande Chélidoine, Grande Éclaire, Greater Celandine Above Ground Parts, Greater Celandine Rhizome, Greater Celandine Root, Herbe À Verrues, Herbe Aux Verrues, Parties Aériennes De La Grande Chélidoine, Racine De Chélidoine, Racine De Grande Chélidoine, Rhizome De Chélidoine, Rhizome De La Grande Chélidoine, Schollkraut, Tetterwort, Verruguera, Aflkraut, Augenkraut, Blutkraut, Bockskraut, Gschwulstkraut, Gilbkraut, Goldkraut, Gottesgabe, Herrgottsblatt, Herrgottsgnade, Himmelsgabe, Krätzenkraut, Marienkraut, Nagelkraut, Schälerkraut, Schälkraut, Schellkraut, Schinnkraut, Schindwurz, Schwalbenkraut, Schwalbenwurz, Teufelsmilchkraut, Trudenmilchkraut, Warzenkraut, Ziegenkraut, Руса, Росопас, Ластина Трава, Лишавица, Лишајница, Змијино Млеко, Ластавичина Суза


Celandine grows on damp ground, hedgerows, banks and walks. It is a perennial plant that has an orange and fleshy taproot and hairy, erect stem. The rosette is dark green and the leaves are lobed and also dark green in colour. The flowers are bright yellow and are four petaled that grow from terminal clusters. The seeds are pin head sized and black that can be found in long capsules. It is a member of the poppy family.


Latex and isoquinoline alkaloids (coptisine, berberine, chelidonine, sanguinarine and chelerythrine)

Collection period

March to August

Used Parts

Aerial parts and roots, juice


  • Acne

  • Allergies

  • Analgesic

  • Asthma

  • Atherosclerosis

  • Bile

  • Calluses

  • Cell Growth Inhibition

  • Constipation

  • Corns Eczema

  • Eye Infections

  • Eye Irritation

  • Gout

  • Grind

  • Lichens

  • Liver

  • Menstruation-Regulating

  • Neuralgia

  • Prevents Gallstones

  • Prevents Liver Disease

  • Psoriasis

  • Rheumatism

  • Scabies

  • Spasmodic Cough

  • Spleen Diseases

  • Stomach Pain

  • Treats Herpes

  • Hiv

  • Treats Intestinal Problems

  • Treats Ringworm

  • Ulcers

  • Warts


Listed as one of the approved herbs for intestinal spasms by Commission E (Germany’s regulatory agency for herbs), Celandine has been made accessible by being available in health food stores and on the internet. It is also sold as a whole plant but most buyers prefer the top or the root. It can be consumed as a tea, extract or tincture. It can be taken internally or used externally and the average dosage is only two to five grams daily.


Used in a drug called Ukrain, Celandine is a chemotherapy drug and when mixed with other compounds, can improve overall health for patients who have been diagnosed with colon, skin, pancreatic, breast and kidney cancer. Celandine boosts the immune system and prevents tumor growth. Celandine protects cells from radiation damage.

Side Effects

When applied directly on the skin in volumes, Celandine may cause allergic reactions. Celandine extracts may increase the flow of bile and could worsen bile duct obstruction.


  • Cancer.org, Treatment, Celandine: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/celandine-

  • Wikipedia, Greater Celandine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_celandine-

  • Health from Nature, Greater Celandine: http://www.health-from-nature.net/Greater_Celandine.html


Chelidonium majus

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