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Celadine has been used for many centuries as an herbal remedy. It is a very traditional cancer herb. This herb is said to promote good immune system responses as well as both the destruction and shrinkage of active cancer cells in the body. Celandine contains sanguinarine and is often mentioned as an herbal treatment for cancer, though there doesn't seem to be modern studies supporting that use. As with most herbal medicines, the root has a much higher concentration of active chemicals than the ariel parts, which are most often used as a powder in capsules or tinctured to make extracts.

Greater celandine acts as a mild sedative which has been used historically to treat asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough. The herb's antispasmodic effect improves bile flow in the gallbladder and has been reputed to treat gallstones and gallbladder pain. Traditional Chinese medicine uses celandine in cough medicines, as the herb acts as an expectorant, and pain reliever.

In Europe it is used as a herbal aid in removing warts, papillomas, ringworm and other skin malformations.


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