- What other names is Chicory known by?
- What is Chicory?
- How does Chicory work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Chicory.
Chicory is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, liver and gallbladder disorders, cancer, and rapid heartbeat.
It is also used as a "tonic," to increase urine production, to protect the liver, and to balance the stimulant effect of coffee.
Some people apply a paste of chicory leaves directly to the skin for swelling and inflammation.
In foods, chicory leaves are often eaten like celery, and the roots and leaf buds are boiled and eaten. Chicory is also used as a cooking spice and to flavor foods and beverages. Coffee mixes often include ground chicory to enhance the richness of the coffee.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Liver disorders.
- Gallbladder disorders.
- Skin inflammation.
- Loss of appetite.
- Upset stomach.
- Other conditions.
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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Chicory is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts. Handling the chicory plant might cause skin irritation.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking chicory by mouth in large amounts is POSSIBLY UNSAFE during pregnancy. Chicory might start menstruation and cause a miscarriage.
Not enough is known about the safety of using chicory during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Chicory allergy: If you are allergic to chicory, don't take it by mouth or handle it.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Chicory may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking chicory.
Gallstones: Chicory can stimulate the production of bile. This could be a problem for people with gallstones. Don't use chicory without medical supervision if you have gallstones.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011