Thirty-six images of Cynara scolymus, Artichoke, Artichoke leaf, a member of the aster family, Asteraceae or Compositae native to Europe and cultivated commercially in California. The leaves of artichoke, the same artichoke whose flowerbuds are eaten as a vegetable, is used in European herbal traditions to stimulate bile flow caused by biliary tract dysfunction. The leaves’ bitter compounds simulate bile secretion and movement of bile, hence it is known as known as a choleretic. It has also been shown to protect the liver from toxins and reduce cholesterol. The leaf extracts are used in phytomedicine for various dyspeptic complaints. Some studies show positive results while other have shown no benefit.
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