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It is a perennial thistle that grows around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands and it is also cultivated as a culinary plant. The root is tuberous from which a stem of about 5 feet high grows. Its flowers grow at the end of each branch, they are blue and grow on spiny globular heads.

Properties and Uses

Artichoke has diuretic and cholagogue effects. Usually, the flower heads are eaten as a veggie and the leaf extract is good in preventing arteriosclerosis. It has also been used for liver insufficiency, dyspepsia, chronic albuminuria and anemia.

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