Liver & Gall Bladder Drops
A herbal medicine which assists in promoting the function of the liver and the gallbladder.
Benefits and features
- Made from freshly harvested Cynara scolymus (Globe Artichoke) leaves
- Organically grown
- Botanical food supplement
Boldocynara consists of extracts of four different fresh herbs. The main ingredient is artichoke (Cynara scolymus), a plant that Alfred Vogel considered one of the best liver cleansers. Artichoke helps to get the gall flowing, regulates cholesterol and helps stimulate liver function while being a tonic for the liver at the same time.
Dandelion, boldo and mint help to support the cleansing action in the liver by gently assisting with digestion, flatulence, spastic colon and constipation. This was definitely a formula which Vogel counted on to help support liver function.
To naturopathic doctors the body sometimes indicates sluggish or overloaded liver and kidneys long before pathological tests do.
Typical liver and gall bladder warning signs:
- Waking between 2 - 3am for no reason
- Light headedness
- High cholesterol
- Weak resistance to illness
- Dry, itchy skin
- Red, itchy eyes
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Excessive thirst
- Constipation, piles
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Unexplained pain in the right side of the body
- Pain in the head
- Pain in the shoulder
- Pain in the elbow
- Pain in the hip
- Pain in the knee
- Pain in the big toe.
Each mL (33 drops) contains the following tinctures:
Fresh Artichoke leaf* (Cynara scolymus) (1:30) 0.467 mL equivalent to 14 mg leaf;
Fresh Dandelion root & herb (Taraxacum off.) (1:17) 0.12 mL equivalent to 6 mg root and herb;
Boldo leaf (Peumus boldus) (1:10) 0.07 mL equivalent to 6 mg leaf
Fresh Peppermint herb* (Mentha piperita) tincture (1:2) 0.03 mL
1 mL of tincture contains 0.62 mL alcohol (ethanol)
* Certified organically grown by Bio Suisse
Actions & Pharmocology
Artichoke (Cynara scolymus):
The well-known effects of Artichoke on the liver are probably due to its phenolic acids (chlorogenic, caffeic and cynarine), sesquiterpenes, and flavonoids (scolymoside, cynaroside and luteolin). Artichoke extract relieves dyspepsia by stimulating bile production and excretion (choleretic and cholagogue effects). Artichoke is also effective against hypercholesterolemia.(1) Thanks to the antioxidant effects of the flavonoids, Artichoke, a bit like Milk Thistle, has very interesting hepatoprotective properties.(2) This effect was demonstrated against an industrial solvent, carbon tetrachloride.(3) Traditionally, Artichoke is used as an aperitive, a depurative and a diuretic.
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: dyspeptic problems.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis):
Dandelion is a very interesting herb for the digestive system. Its root has cholagogue and depurative properties for the liver. The bitter constituents, collectively called taraxacins (sometimes eudesmanolides), have a beneficial effect on slow digestion. Dandelion leaf is one of the best herbal diuretics. It is also a very good source of carotenes and potassium. The whole herb is used for loss of appetite, dyspepsia, flatulence and feelings of fullness after meals.
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: disturbances in bile flow, edema, loss of appetite, and dyspepsia.
Boldo (Peumus boldus):
Boldo is a South American herb used to relieve intestinal cramps, bile flow problems and cystitis. Boldo has diuretic, sedative (antispasmodic), bile stimulating and antiseptic effects. Its main constituents are alkaloids (responsible for the digestive and liver stimulation) and a volatile oil (responsible for the antiseptic effect).
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: mild spastic complaints of the gastrointestinal tract and dyspepsia.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita):
In addition to its good taste, peppermint acts as a spasmolytic and carminative (anti-flatulent) and stimulates the liver functions. It is rich in azulene, a substance known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer effects. Its other components are flavonoids and a volatile oil rich in menthol. Peppermint is often used to relieve dyspepsia and digestive cramps.
Peppermint is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) in the USA, which means that it is safe at amounts found in food.
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: flatulence; spastic complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, the gallbladder and bile ducts.
In a double blind placebo-controlled study published in 2000, 143 patients with high cholesterol received either an Artichoke extract or a placebo. Patients taking the Artichoke extract saw their LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) reduced by 22.9% compared to 6.3% with the placebo. No side effects were reported.
Fat digestion has always been a source of problems. Thermal cures, clysters (enemas) and all those treatments answered the need of many engorged livers. Today, the innumerable food additives, trans fatty acids and fried foods, not to mention pollutants and stress, compromise liver function. Medicinal herbs like Artichoke, Boldo, Milk Thistle and Dandelion are a safe and effective response to this age-old problem.
Cynara scolymus (Globe Artichoke) is probably best known for its edible ‘heart’ - the mass of immature florets in the centre of the bud that is called the choke or beard.
Cynara can still be found in the wild in some parts of the world such as North Africa. From around the 9th Century cynara was cultivated in Naples and can now be found in many other parts of the world. In the 16th Century, the Dutch introduced cynara to the English who gave it the name artichoke. Nowadays the cultivation of cynara is concentrated mainly in countries round the Mediterranean.
As well as being an enjoyable food, cynara can also by made into a tea or a herbal tincture. The Italians took it one step further and use it as the primary flavour of a tasty liqueur!
One of the plant chemicals found in cynara, known as cynarin, is thought to be responsible for its healthcare qualities. The majority of cynarin found in artichoke is in the pulp of the leaves, which is why Alfred Vogel used this part of the plant for his tincture of Cynara scolymus.
Directions for use
Adults: Take 10-15 drops with water, 3 times daily before meals.
Maintenance: 15 drops 1 to 2 times daily, in a little water.
Children: This product is not recommended for children.
On chronic medication: People on regular chronic medication particularly may benefit from taking Boldocynara and Nephrosolid three times per day for six weeks, after which it should be taken once a day to assist the liver and kidneys process residue from the medication.
Precautions & contra-indications:
Do not exceed stated recommended daily dose.
Please seek medical advice if pregnant.
Do not take if breastfeeding.
Medical advice should be sought with acute and severe liver complaints such as hepatitis and bilary tract occlusion.
Boldocynara may not be taken by patients with obstructed bile ducts or liver cancer.
Not intended for people whose liver and/or kidney function have deteriorated seriously.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.