Artichoke is used for dyspepsia, hyperlipidemia, nausea, alcohol-induced hangover, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is also used orally as a diuretic and choleretic. Artichoke is also used orally for treating snakebites, renal insufficiency, anemia, edema, arthritis, cystitis, liver dysfunction, preventing gallstones, and lowering blood pressure.