Description. Chicory is native to the Mediterranean region or, possibly, eastern India. It was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans and was cultivated in Egypt over 2000 years ago. The ancient physicians employed the plant in the treatment of several ailments. An analysis of chicory shows them to consist of protein, fat, fiber carbohydrate. Its mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. Chicory properties are tonic, diuretic and laxative. The root, when dried, roasted and ground, may be added to coffee or may be drunk on its own as a beverage. Use. Chicory is a tonic herb when taken in moderate quantities. It increases the secretion and discharge of urine. It is also a stimulant and a mild laxative. Chicory contains food elements which are constantly needed by the optic system. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin A which is very useful for the eyes. It can bring amazing results in correcting eye defects. The herb is a natural laxative. It is, therefore, beneficial in the treatment of chronic constipation. The herb, in combination with celery and parsley, is very helpful in anemia. It is an effective blood tonic. Chicory roots are medicinally used for liver disorders and kidney inflammations. It helps the body resist gallstones and liver stones. Chicory is a natural sedative and anti-inflammatory for the nervous system. Chicory also aids in decreasing the levels of serum LDL cholesterol in the blood.
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