Side Effects of Chicory Root Extract

Derived from the root of the Cichorium intybus plant, chicory root extract may impart health benefits when used as a medicinal treatment. Historically, chicory root has been used as a sedative, anti-inflammatory and digestive aid. Before you begin treatment with this herbal supplement, talk with your medical provider about the side effects of chicory root extract.

A close-up of a chicory flower. (Image: Manu9171/iStock/Getty Images)

Skin Irritation

Allowing chicory root extract to come in contact with your skin may result in skin irritation. The exposed skin region may appear inflamed or flushed and may begin to itch. Such side effects are typically temporary and subside within a few hours after the irritant is rinsed from the skin. Seek care from your physician if skin irritation becomes severe or does not subside.

Allergic Reaction

People who are allergic to daises, ragweed, chrysanthemums and marigolds may be at risk of developing a severe allergic reaction to chicory root extract. Handling or consuming chicory root extract may result in hives, intense itching, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, facial swelling, wheezing, dizziness, pale skin or loss of consciousness. If you exhibit any of these side effects, seek emergency medical care. In the absence of prompt medical intervention, an allergic reaction to chicory root extract may be life-threatening.

Contraindications

Let your doctor know if you have any medical concerns or problems before you begin treatment with chicory root extract. Avoid treatment with this supplement if you have a personal history of gallstones or are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have gallstones, chicory root extract may exacerbate your symptoms.

Recommended Dosage and Drug Interactions

Health professionals with Drugs.com report that the typical daily dose of chicory root extract is 3 to 5 grams. For more information regarding how much chicory root extract you should take, consult your physician. Additionally, inform your physician of all medications you are taking before using chicory root extract. As of February 2011, there are no well-known drug interactions associated with the use of this herbal supplement.

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