Cheladonium majus is used for various problems with the digestive tract including upset stomach, gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, loss of appetite, stomach cancer, intestinal polyps, and liver and gallbladder disorders. Other uses include detoxification, treating menstrual cramps, cough, pain, breast lumps, chest pain(angina), fluid retention (edema), “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), high blood pressure, asthma, gout, and osteoarthritis.
Some people apply Cheladonium majus directly to the skin for warts, genital warts,rashes, eczema, and scabies; and to the gums for tooth pain and to ease tooth extraction. The fresh root is also chewed to relieve toothache.
The liver becomes enlarged with pain extending down the back and across the right shoulder blade. The skin may become yellow and jaundiced and the abdomen often feels distended and tight.
- Gallstones:Chelidonium may help with gallstones, particularly the very specific symptoms that accompany them. In this instance, it often starts with sharp and constant pain in the upper right side of the abdomen.
The pain is made worse by fatty foods and may even extend to the shoulder blades. This homeopathic remedy helps when there is nausea and vomiting that result or when the gallbladder actually becomes inflamed.
- Shoulder Pain:The pain in the shoulders often settles in as a cold feeling down to the fingertips and the muscles, and they may even feel sore to the touch. Sometimes there will even be nausea and vomiting associated with this very specific pain.
- Headaches:Chelidonium works quite well as a homeopathic remedy for the type of headaches that makes the right side of the head feel heavy or weighed down. There is often numbness in the face and a coated tongue. These symptoms may or may not be linked to an existing liver disorder.
- Pneumonia:If there is pneumonia then chelidonim may help to treat the illness as well as the symptoms that are associated with it. This may include breathlessness, painful coughing, and deep or forced breathing.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking greater celandine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
“Auto-immune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Greater celandine might cause the immune system to become more active. This might increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using greater celandine.
Blockage of the bile duct (bile duct obstruction): Some greater celandine extracts appear to increase the flow of bile. There is a concern that this might make bile duct obstruction worse.
Liver disease, including hepatitis: There is some evidence that greater celandine can cause hepatitis. Don’t use greater celandine if you have liver disease.
Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with Cheladonium majus
Greater celandine might harm the liver. Taking greater celandine along with medication that might also harm the liver can increase the risk of liver damage. Do not take greater celandine if you are taking a medication that can harm the liver.
Some medications that can harm the liver include acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), amiodarone (Cordarone), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), methyldopa (Aldomet), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (Erythrocin, Ilosone, others), phenytoin (Dilantin) , lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), and many others.
Before taking greater celandine, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.
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