Greater Celandine

Greater Celandine Chemical formula

💊 Chemical information


In Eur..

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Greater Celandine). The dried, whole, or cut aerial parts of Chelidonium majus collected during flowering. It contains a minimum of 0.6% of total alkaloids expressed as chelidonine (C 20 H 19 NO 5 = 353.4), calculated with reference to the dried drug.

💊 Profile

Greater celandine has sedative and spasmolytic properties and the aerial parts are used for liver, biliary, and gastrointestinal disorders, and have also been used for respiratory-tract disorders. The latex has been used externally for warts and other skin conditions. It has been reported to cause hepatotoxicity.


Greater celandine has been used in homoeopathic medicines under the following names: Chelidonium; Chelidonium majus; Chelidonium, Flos; Chelidonium majus e floribus; Che. maj.

Effects on the liver.

1. Benninger J, et al. Acute hepatitis induced by greater celandine (Chelidonium majus). Gastroenterology 1999; 117: 1234–7
2. Stickel F, et al. Acute hepatitis induced by Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus). Scand J Gastroenterol 2003; 38: 565–8.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Ger.: Aristochol CC†; Cholarist; Cholspasmin Phyto†; Gallopas†; Paverysat forte N; Switz.: Virulex. Multi-ingredient: Arg.: Quelodin F; Austral.: Berberis Complex; Extralife Liva-Care; Lexat†; Livstim†; Livton Complex†; Austria: Choleodoron; Belg.: Aporil; Braz.: Quelodin†; Cz.: Iberogast; Fr.: Nitrol; Ger.: Aristochol N†; Aristochol†; Chol-Kugeletten Neu; Cholagogum F†; Cholagogum N†; Cholagutt-N†; Cholhepan N; Cholosom Phyto N; Cholosom SL†; Cynarzym N†; Femisana†; Gallemolan forte; Gallemolan G†; Galloselect M†; Hepaticum-Medice H†; Horvilan N; Iberogast; Infi-tract†; Marianon†; Nervogastrol N†; Neurochol C†; Opobyl-phyto†; Presselin Hepaticum P†; Schwohepan S†; spasmo gallo sanol†; Hong Kong: Hepatofalk; Hepatofalk Planta; Indon.: Lanagogum; Pol.: Artecholin; Artecholwex; Chelicur; Cholavisol; Cholitol; Enterosol; Neoazarina; Sirupus Pini Compositus; Sirupus Tussipini; Sirupus Tussipini D; Port.: Cholagutt†; S.Afr.: Choleodoron; Singapore: Hepatofalk Planta; Spain: Menstrunat†; Natusor Hepavesical†; Nitroina; Switz.: Choleodoron†; Demonatur Gouttes pour le foie et la bile; Iberogast; Stago N†; Venez.: Demerung.
Published May 08, 2019.