Category: Food



Introduction and description

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Common chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a perennial herbaceous plant usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink.

Many varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched buds), or for roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive.  Camp coffee contains chicory.

It is also grown as a forage crop for livestock.

It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and now common in North America and Australia where it has become widely naturalized.



Folklore reports from Afghanistan prior to the wars described the use of aqueous root extracts of Cichorium intybus (L.) as a light-sensitive plant remedy for malaria. Since then a whole host of other applications in healing have been identified. Once test were done, scientists identified Lactucin and Lactucopicrin to be antimalarial compounds.




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How it works

One way in which chicory works to help healing is that its chemicals are acetylcholine ligands, but there may be other mechanisms at work here too yet to be discovered


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