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Medicinal uses of Carline thistle (Carlina Acaulis)


Carlina angelica (<em>carlina acaulis</em>)

Carline Thistle, also called stemless carline thistle, dwarf carline thistle, silver thistle, is a biennial plant, spiny appearance, giving it look of thistle. This is a species from Central Europe, then spread to the rest of the continent. In the Iberian peninsula can be found in pastures of ridges and mountain clearings.

Carline Thistle blooms in the northern hemisphere from July to September. During the autumn, the roots are harvested for medicinal purposes.


In the root there is a pleasant-smelling essential oil, a large amount of inulin, resins, tannins and flavonoids and substances of which it is believed may have antibiotic properties, although there is no clinical or experimental studies about it. It is a toxic substance and should avoid uptake.

Traditional applications     

Classically, are attributed to this plant antibiotic, tonic, diuretic, antirheumatic and digestive properties.

Traditional use involves root decoction, which was administered in conditions such as hydrops, bronchial diseases and prostatitis.

The powder obtained from the roots is used in some rural areas to fatten cattle.

The essential oil has been used in skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

Clinical Studies     

No relevant information available at the time of this review.

Efficacy and safety     

There is no relevant information about it, so that the available data are insufficient to support the efficacy and safety of use of Carlina Acaulis

Experimental studies     

No relevant information available at the time of this review.

Page updated: August 1, 2009.


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