Last update Nov. 1, 2023


Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

The leaf is used. It contains phenolic acids, including cynarin, flavonoids, sesquiterpene lactones, organic acids, potassium and magnesium salts, mucilages, essential oil, phytosterols (sitosterol and stigmasterol), triterpene alcohols and vitamins (A, B2 and C). Properties attributed in traditional medicine: digestive, hepatoprotective, and diuretic. (

At the time of the last update we found no published data on its excretion in breast milk.

Plant devoid of toxicity and widely used as food.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Alcachofra is Artichoke in Portuguese.

Is written in other languages:

Alcachofra is also known as


Main tradenames from several countries containing Alcachofra in its composition:


  1. Vanaclocha B, Cañigueral S. 1992 - - Disponible en: Consulted on Dec. 21, 2023 Abstract
  2. EMEA. Community herbal monograph on Cynara scolymus L., folium. 2011 Full text (in our servers)
  3. WHO. World Health Organization. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume 4. WHO monographs. 2009 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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