Health Guide


What is it?

Artichoke is an herbal medicine used to treat stomach pain and high cholesterol (fat in the blood).

Other names for Artichoke include: Cynara scolymus and Globe Artichoke.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have diabetes or a liver blockage
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Artichoke you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Artichoke. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


  • Before taking Artichoke, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not give Artichoke to children under 12 years of age (5)
  • Do not take Artichoke if you have diabetes or a liver blockage (6)

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Artichoke used on the skin may cause a rash (2,3)
  • Diarrhea, weakness, or hunger (7)


1. Mills SY: The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism. Thorsons, Wellingborough, England; 1985.

2. Meding B: Allergic contact dermatitis from artichoke, Cynara scolymus. Contact Dermatitis 1983; 9:314.

3. Mitchell J & Rook A: Botanical Dermatology - plants and plant products injurious to the skin. Greengrass, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada; 1979.

4. Fachinformation: Hepar-POS(R), Artichoke extract. Ursapharm Arzneimittel GmbH, Saarbrucken, Germany; 1998.

5. Adam G & Kluthe R: Cholesterinsenkender Effect von Cynarin. Therapiewoche 1979; 29: 5637-5640.

6. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A et al (eds): The Complete German Commission E Monographs. American Botanical Council, Austin, TX, 1998: 84-85, 264-265.

7. Wegener T: Neues aus der Artischokenforschung. Erfahrurgsheilkunde 1995; 1: 53.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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