Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Published April 23, 1987; Revised September 1, 1990.
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Name of Drug

Cichorii herba, chicory herb.
Cichorii radix, chicory root.

Composition of Drug

The dried, above-ground parts and/or roots, collected in autumn, of Cichorium intybus L. var. intybus (syn. C. intybus L. var. sylvestre Visiani) [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage. The herb contains bitter principles, inulin, and pentosans.


Loss of appetite, dyspepsia.


Allergies to chicory and other composites. In case of gallstones, use only after consultation with a physician.

Side Effects

In rare cases, allergic skin reactions.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

3 g of herb; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Cut herb for teas, as well as other bitter-tasting preparations for internal uses.


Mildly choleretic.