Artichoke Herb and Supplement Benefits

Artichoke has been used traditionally as food and as a medicinal herb for its diuretic and digestive properties. Artichoke leaves are used by many in connection with gastrointestinal complaints stemming from bile deficiency (in the liver and gall bladder), as well as to stimulate appetite and diuresis. The results of several clinical investigations suggested that artichoke extracts are useful when used in connection with hepato-biliary dysfunction and digestive complaints, such as sensation of fullness, loss of appetite, nausea, and abdominal pain. Artichoke also has powerful antioxidant activity.


The German Commission E recommends 6 g of the dried herb or its equivalent per day, usually divided into 3 doses.


Artichoke leaf appears to be very safe. However, individuals with gall bladder disease should use artichoke only under medical supervision. Its safety in pregnant and lactating women is unknown. People with allergies to artichoke or members of the chrysanthemum family should avoid it.