Last update July 11, 2016

Cichorium intybus


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

Herbaceous plant widely used since ancient times in the cuisine of many societies as salad and more recently as a substitute or adulterant of coffee.
In traditional medicine the root is used. It contains inulin (fructose polymer) and lactones.
Unproven properties: laxative, aperitif, digestive and choleretic. Indications by Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: anorexia, dyspepsia.

At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk was found.

Given its lack of toxicity, moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding.
Extracts that contain Inulin are added to artificial infant formulas (beginning-type) to fight constipation.

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

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Other names

Cichorium intybus is Chicory in Latin, botanical name.

Cichorium intybus is also known as


Main tradenames from several countries containing Cichorium intybus in its composition:


  1. Vanaclocha B, Cañigueral S. 1992 - - Disponible en: Consulted on Dec. 21, 2023 Abstract
  2. EMA. Cichorium intybus L., radix. Community herbal monograph. 2013 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. Sabater-Molina M, Larqué E, Torrella F, Zamora S. Dietary fructooligosaccharides and potential benefits on health. J Physiol Biochem. 2009 Abstract
  4. Sokić ZB, Martinov OB, Knezević J, Vrvić MM. [The effect of natural probiotic inulin to the quantitative microbiological indicators of bifidogenic effect: in vitro research]. Med Pregl. 2008 Abstract
  5. Esiyok D, Otles S, Akcicek E. Herbs as a food source in Turkey. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2004 Abstract

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