ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Chelidonium Majus

Updated on April 12, 2011

The celandine (Chelidonium majus L.) is a herbaceous plant, spontaneous in Italy, belonging to the family of Papaveraceae. It is the only species of the genus Chelidonium.It is a herbal plant.

Botanical Description


A perennial herb, 30 to 90 cm high, with branched stems and swollen nodes.


The leaves are lobed, alternate, imparipinnate, bluish-green, or lighter gray beneath. The flowers are composed of two glass falling sepals and corolla with 4 yellow petals, twenty stamens, ovary exceeded.


The fruit is a silique that contains a row of small brown seeds with a clear peak.


Broken branches out from a yellow-orange latex that is one of the unmistakable features of the plant. Exposed to air, latex rapidly oxidizes and darkens.


 Map of the Mediterranean basin, grows wild in the woods and abandoned areas. It is considered an indicator of the presence of nitrogen compounds. It grows well in gardens and flower beds, and grows every year, so it is considered weeds.





·         The active ingredients of this plant are mainly isoquinoline alkaloids, in particular the copticina but berberine and sparteine.


·         The plant is traditionally used in herbal medicine popular for outdoor use. Against warts, the fresh latex is applied in the area, leaving it dry.


The toxicity of certain principles is not recommended for internal use without expert supervision.


In Homeopathy was pioneered by Samuel Hahnemann and his school.


·         Appears often in the recipes of Maurice Mességué as a component of mixtures for footbaths and hand washing. In gypsy culture is used in foot baths, to relieve the legs.


·         In moderate doses can be used as an aqueous solution (the). In the rural areas of Lodi and Crema, a traditional country uses a mash made of celandine and dandelion for cleansing action of the liver. Like other Papaveraceae action has purgative and sedative and a spasmolytic action on smooth muscle.




Used in the eighteenth century as decorative plants for flower beds, perhaps for the color of the leaves.


It is avoided by grazing animals, the taste bitter and disgusting.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)