Achicoria, Barbe de Capucin, Blue Sailors, Cheveux de Paysans, Chicorée, Chicorée Amère, Chicorée Sauvage, Cichorii Herba, Cichorium intybus, Cichorii Radix, Common Chicory Root, Écoubette, Hendibeh, Herbe à Café, Hinduba, Kasani, Kasni, Racine de Chicorée Commune, Succory, Wild Chicory, Wild Endive, Yeux de Chat.


Overview Information

Chicory is a plant. Its seeds, roots, and dried, above-ground parts are used to make medicine.

Chicory is used for liver and heart health, constipation, swelling, and other conditions, but there is no good evidence to support its use.

In foods, chicory leaves are often eaten like celery, and the roots and leaf buds are boiled and eaten. Chicory is also used as a cooking spice and to flavor foods and beverages. Some coffee mixes include ground chicory to enhance the richness of the coffee.

How does it work?

Chicory root has a mild laxative effect, increases bile from the gallbladder, and decreases swelling. Chicory is a rich source of beta-carotene.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Build up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD). Early research shows that taking chicory seed infused in hot water helps with weight loss in people with NAFLD.
  • Osteoarthritis. Early research shows that chicory root extract does not improve pain and stiffness better than a "sugar" (placebo) pill in people with osteoarthritis.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Heart failure.
  • Constipation.
  • Liver disorders.
  • Gallbladder disorders.
  • Cancer.
  • Skin inflammation.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chicory for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Chicory is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when consumed in amounts found in food. Chicory root extract and chicory seed are POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts, short-term. Taking chicory by mouth might cause minor GI side effects including gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and belching. There isn't enough reliable information to know if chicory is safe to use orally, long-term, or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chicory is safe. Some reports show that handling the chicory plant might cause skin irritation.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking chicory by mouth in large amounts is POSSIBLY UNSAFE during pregnancy. Chicory might start menstruation and cause a miscarriage. There isn't enough reliable information to know if chicory is safe to use as medicine when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts.

Chicory allergy: If you are allergic to chicory, don't take it by mouth or handle it.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Chicory may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking chicory.

Diabetes: Chicory may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use chicory in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.

Gallstones: Chicory can stimulate the production of bile. This could be a problem for people with gallstones. Don't use chicory without medical supervision if you have gallstones.

Surgery: Chicory might lower blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking chicory as a medicine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



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The appropriate dose of chicory for use as treatment depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chicory. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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