Globe Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)

What is Artichoke?

The globe artichoke was a delicacy in ancient Rome — often featured during celebrations and ceremonies.

This herb is both food and medicine. The unopened bracts are eaten with butter and lemon, while the leaves are used as a tea and tincture for its potent bitter and liver tonic effects.

Herbalists use artichoke leaves for liver conditions, high cholesterol, weak digestion, metabolic disorders, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Common Names For Artichoke

  • Artichoke
  • Alcachofra
  • Artichaut
  • Tyosen-azami

Herbal Actions of Artichoke

  • Antioxidant
  • Bitter
  • Carminative
  • Cholagogue
  • Choleretic
  • Diuretic
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Hypocholesterolemic
  • Spasmolytic