Chicory root can be located in Europe, North Africa and West Asia. This medicinal herb is commonly used a a substitute for coffee. Primarily, only the root of the plant is used, however, the whole plant may be used.
Chicory root contains many important elements, inulin, sugars, pectin, choline, fixed oils (nonvolatile), tannins, mineral salts, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin P, coumarins, phenolic acids, flavonoids, essential oils and resin. All of these make Chicory root beneficial to an individuals health, a tonic for the liver and gastrointestinal tract.
This herb increases the secretion of bile, stimulating appetite and aiding with digestion. It can be used as a treatment for gallstones, kidney stones, a remedy for jaundice, hepatomegaly, liver inflammation and spleen problems. It can treat ulcers, minor internal bleeding, prevent and treat inflammation, diabetes and warts. Chicory root promotes uric acid which assists in treating rheumatic disorders such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout. It can also be used for its laxative effects in order to treat constipation.
WARNING: Not suitable for use of pregnant or breastfeeding women. If suffering from gallstones, contact a doctor before usage. Large doses may cause digestion and vision problems. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional before usage.