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                                                  Brand name:                          Chicory                                                   Latin name: Cichorium intybus                          Other names: Hendibeh, Succory                                                   A Remedy For                                                             Appetite loss                               Indigestion                               Liver and gallbladder problems                                                 In Asia, Chicory has been used for headache, inflammations, sore throat,                                                 and skin allergies. It has also been used extensively for malaria, and in                                                   folk medicine, as a laxative for children. Its effectiveness for these uses                       has not been verified.                                                   What It Is; Why It Works                          As a vegetable, Chicory is mentioned by the ancient authors Horace,                         Pliny, Virgil, and Ovid. The blanched leaves can be used cooked and in                       salads. In France and Belgium, the roots are sliced, kiln-dried, roasted,                         ground, and added to coffee, imparting a slightly bitter taste and dark                       color.                                                 For medicinal purposes, the leaves, the roots, and the entire plant--both                                                 fresh and dried--are all subject to use. Chicory works by increasing the                                                 flow of bile into the digestive tract.                                                   Avoid If...                          No known health conditions preclude the use of Chicory.                                                   Special Cautions                          At typical dosage levels, Chicory poses no hazards. A few people find that                       they are sensitive to skin contact with the herb.                                                   Possible Drug Interactions                          No interactions have been reported.                                                 Special Information If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding                                                   No harmful effects are known.                                                   How To Prepare                          To prepare Chicory tea, pour boiling water on 2 to 4 grams (about 1/2 to                         3/4 teaspoonful) of dried Chicory, steep for 10 minutes, then strain.                                                   Typical Dosage                          The usual single dose is 2 to 4 grams of the herb in tea. The total daily                       dosage is 3 to 5 grams (up to 1 teaspoon) of chopped Chicory.                                                   Overdosage                          No information on overdosage is available.