Celandine is also known as Chelidonium majus, garden celandine, tetterwort, devil’s milk, wartweed, rock poppy, and wartwort.


The Chelidonium majus plant is native to western Asia, North America, and Europe1. It can be found on waste ground and old walls. The plant can grow in full deep woodland or light woodland.

celandine parth

Taxonomic information

Family: Papaveraceae

Tribe: Chelidonieae

Genus: Chelidonium

Species: Chelidonium majus



The plant grows 12–47 inches in high. The leaves are 12 inches long with blue-green colored and have wavy margins. When hurt, the Chelidonium majus plant secretes a yellowish to orange-colored sap or latex. The flowers have four yellowish petals with two sepals. Each petal is 0.71 inches in size. Generally, three to five yellowish flowers are common. Sometimes, double-flowered species can be seen. The seeds are small and black. The seed developed as a long and cylindrical capsule. Each seed has an elaiosome, which draws ants to scatter the seeds for reproduction.

Chemical Composition

We can see chelidonine, berberine alkaloids, phenols, and sterols in the Chelidonium majus extract.

Part used

The Chelidonium majus plant is used for different medicinal purposes. The extracts are prepared by crashing leaves, rhizomes, and roots.

celandine oil

Traditional Uses and Benefits

In traditional and alternative medicine, celandine is used as a tooth care product to treat inflammatory diseases. Sometimes, it’s also used to improve eyesight.

If applied directly, the Chelidonium majus helps skin problems like- scabies, eczema, rashes, and genital warts.

Chelidonium majus is also worked as an antispasmodic and mild sedative3. Its helpful, curing asthma, whooping cough, and bronchitis.

The Chelidonium majus containing drugs can heal stomach upset or dyspepsia.

Celandine is used to treat a variety of digestive problems. Some of them are- loss of appetite, gastroenteritis, upset stomach, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal polyps, gallbladder disorders, and stomach cancer.

For treating high blood pressure, the celandine is applied for a long time.

Chewing fresh root of celandine will cure toothache.

There is insufficient evidence that Celandine drugs help treat pain, stomach flu, Gout, Arthritis, and cancer.

dry celandine leaves

Dosage and Precautions

Medical professionals suggest the doses. When determining a dose, factors such as age, sex, and other medical issues are considered.


Celandine is mildly toxic when consumed raw4. The reddish-yellow latex is poisonous. Raw consumption of toxic alkaloids is dangerous. Using the Celandine extract for a longer period will have negative consequences. Chelidonium majus has several other side effects, according to clinical studies.


Chelidonium majus in high doses and for longer periods can cause a variety of health problems. Before taking these medications, anyone with a history of liver disease should consult with a pharmacist. Pre- and post-surgery medications may interact with Celandine drugs. Chelidonium majus should not be used during pregnancy.


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  1. Indigenous: Retrieved from the wikipedia.org website. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelidonium_majus
  1. Chemical Composition: Retrieved from the sigmaaldrich.com website. https://www.notulaebotanicae.ro/index.php/nbha/article/view/9077
  1. Mild sedative: Retrieved from the sciencedirect.com website. https://www.rxlist.com/greater_celandine/supplements.htm
  1. Toxic: Retrieved from the webmd.com website. https://www.notulaebotanicae.ro/index.php/nbha/article/view/9077