Lesser Celandine

What other names is Lesser Celandine known by?

Celidonia Menor, Éclairette, Épinard des Bûcherons, Faux Bouton d'Or, Ficaire, Ficaire Fausse Renoncule, Ficaria, Figwort, Grenouillette, Herbe au Fic, Herbe aux Hémorroïdes, Oreillette, Petite Chélidoine, Petite Éclaire, Petite Scrofulaire, Pilewort, Pot-au-Beurre, Ranunculus, Ranunculus ficaria, Renoncule Ficaire, Smallwort.

What is Lesser Celandine?

Lesser celandine is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take lesser celandine for scurvy, a condition caused by lack of vitamin C.

Lesser celandine is sometime applied directly to the skin for bleeding wounds and gums, swollen joints, warts, scratches, and hemorrhoids.

In food, fresh leaves of lesser celandine are sometimes used in salads.

Don't confuse lesser celandine with greater celandine (Chelidonium majus). Also, don't confuse lesser celandine with Scrophularia nodosa, since both are sometimes called figwort; or with amaranth and bulbous buttercup, since all three are known as pilewort.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...



TAKEN BY MOUTH
  • Scurvy.
  • Other conditions.
APPLIED TO THE SKIN More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lesser celandine for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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