The artichoke as a cure has found its use in the medicine thanks to its rich vitamin and mineral composition, as well as the bitter substances that have extraordinary healing properties.
The artichoke plant has very unusual, fleshy flowers of purple and gray-green color. The leaves are silver colored and they grow around the center of the stem. It originates from the Mediterranean. In the diet, it’s used only the young ones and with still unopened flowers whiles the leaves and roots are not used.
Since it contains bitter and other substances, and its mineral and vitamin composition gives it a nutritional value and healing properties, the artichoke plant is known in the folk medicine. It contains low levels of carbohydrates and it can be used by diabetics and people suffering from other diseases, because it is excellent for detoxification of the body.
Diabetes is not the only one; it is also used for liver diseases. It stimulates the excretion of urine and also acts as a mild diuretic and prevents the prolonged retention of fluids in the organism. It is also used in the treatment of anemia, arthritis and in the treatment of cholesterol. However, it is not recommended to nursing mothers as well as to people with sensitive stomach and kidney problems.
Artichoke significantly helps in the secretion of the bile, degrade the cholesterol and thereby help the metabolism. Due to the better decomposition of fats, the brain gets totally different information on the energy need for our bodies, and we have a lower appetite.
In order to prepare the artichoke tea you should pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of artichoke leaves. Cover it and let it sit for ten minutes, then strain it and drink it. It is best to drink the tea 2-3 times a day, 30 minutes before meals.