Cichorium Intybus is
an erect bushy perennial herb 1-3 feet in height of family compositae.
It is cultivated throughout India .It is easily recognized by blue or
lavender flowers (25-40mm). Flowers last only a day, opening at about
six o'clock in the morning and closing soon after midday. They are found
in the axils of the leaves, a cluster of flower buds which open
successively. The leaves and stem are hairy. Chicory is a popular herbal
remedy due to its healing effects on several ailments. The ancient
Egyptians ate large amounts of chicory because it was believed that the
plant could purify the blood and liver, while others have relied on the
herb for its power to cure "passions of the heart."
1Kasni is powerful hepatoprotective herb and it showed anti-hepatotoxic
activity in different study. 2The hepatoprotective effect of
chicory was also confirmed by the histopathological examination of liver
3Roots are baked, ground and can be used in place of coffee,
can be blended with coffee to neutralize the effects of sleeplessness &
nervousness that coffee can cause. Chicory is taken internally as a
tonic and for loss of appetite. The inclusion of chicory root
supplements in the diet supports the proper metabolism of cholesterol.
The seeds contain 4.7 percent of oil. The powdered seed is
said to remedy indurations of the spleen. The leaves of chicory may also
be used as compresses to be applied externally to ease skin
inflammations and swellings.
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