Latin name: Cichorium intybus (Linn.) (Asteraceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Kasani, Hinduba, Kasni
Chicory is a Mediterranean herb that has been used as a coffee filler or substitute. It contains no caffeine and has a chocolate-like flavor. Added to coffee, Chicory root counteracts the effects of caffeine and helps digestion.
Therapeutic constituents:According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database,the sedative effect of Chicory is attributed to lactucopicrin. The sedative effect counteracts the stimulant effects of tea and coffee. It also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and other nutrients like minerals, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus. The herb also contains insulin.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The herb is helpful in treating an enlarged liver and protects against alcohol-induced hepatic damage.
- Due to the presence of compounds that are central nervous system stimulants, Chicory is used to treat nervous disorders such as anxiety.
- The herb is known to lower blood sugar levels.