Latin name Cynarae folium
English common name Artichoke Leaf
Botanical name Cynara scolymus L.
Therapeutic area
Gastrointestinal disorders
F: Assessment finalised

Artichoke leaf is the common name for the leaf of the plant Cynara cardunculus L.

The HMPC conclusions only cover artichoke leaf preparations that are obtained by drying and either comminuting (reducing into tiny pieces) or powdering the leaves, or by putting the plant material in a solvent (such as water or ethanol) to dissolve compounds and form a liquid extract. The solvent is then partially or fully evaporated to obtain a soft or dry extract.

Herbal medicines containing these artichoke leaf preparations are usually available as herbal tea to be drunk and in solid or liquid forms to be taken by mouth.

Artichoke leaf preparations may also be found in combination with other herbal substances in some herbal medicines. These combinations are not covered in this summary.

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