Information on Chicory

Latin NameCichorium intybus
Other NamesSuccory
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsBulk herb, both raw and roasted. The roasted root is often found in coffee substitutes.
AffectsDigestive system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA biennial or perennial herb in the Aster family with blue flowers and hairy leaves. Commonly grows in old pastures throughout North America and Europe.
DescriptionChicory is a mild liver decongestant and digestive and spleen tonic. As a bitter tonic, it is taken to increase the appetite and treat digestive difficulties. It is taken for gallstones, jaundice, and gravel and is used externally for inflammation. If taken during a cleansing program, as an aid to stimulate liver function, it is best to use the roasted root if you have a chronic weakened condition with symptoms of fatigue, loose bowels, or other digestive symptoms. The raw root is cooler and more bitter and can clear "excess heat" in the lower bowels and liver, associated with such symptoms as headaches and feelings of heat in the body, especially when a person is rather robust or of normal constitution.

Chicory has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.


Decoction1 cup 3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Chicory

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Gallbladder problemsbile stimulanttea
Digestion, poordigestive tonictea
Liver, stimulantliver stimulanttea


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