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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 17, 2023.

What are other common names?

  • C. cardunculus
  • Cynara cardunculus
  • Cynara scolymus
  • Alcachofa
  • Alcachofra
  • ALE
  • Artichaut
  • Artichoke Extract
  • Artichoke Fruit
  • Artichoke Leaf Extract
  • Artichokes
  • Extractum Cynarae aq. Siccum
  • Garden Artichoke
  • Globe Artichoke

What is this product used for?

Artichoke is a vegetable and is also sold in capsules as a dietary supplement. It may help some people improve cholesterol levels or some liver problems. Some people may use it to help lower blood sugar levels when eaten as part of a healthy diet.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.

  • Do not use if you have problems with your bile ducts or have had gallstones.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to plants like ragweed, daisy, aster, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.

  • If you have blood sugar problems, be sure to keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Blood sugar problems

    • Liver problems

    • Gallstones

What should I watch for?

  • More gas than you normally have

  • Rash

  • Itching

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include anger, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Pain or tenderness in your side

  • Yellow skin or eyes

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