Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad.

Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad.

Annual

  • Batha
  • Disturbed habitats
  • Phrygana
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Bitter Gourd
  • Bitter-apple
  • Colocynth
  • Vine-of-Sodom
  • Wild gourd
  • אֲבַטִּיחַ הַפַּקּוּעָה
  • avatiakh ha-paqu'a
  • التفاح المر
  • العلقم
  • حنظل
  • شري
  • el-'alqam
  • el-tuffah el-murr
  • hanthal
  • shari
Medicinal uses

Complaints treated by Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad.

System/State Complaint / Use Actions Preparation and Administration Parts Used Source
Cancer Cancer Anti-cancer

Decocti fruit & leaves & drink x3 cups/day

Decocti fruit & leaves & drink x3 cups/day

fruit, leaf
Child health Strengthens babies' legs Unspecified

Boil rind of green fruits in olive oil to obtain jelly; spread on baby's feet & knees to help walk first steps

Boil rind of green fruits in olive oil to obtain jelly; spread on baby's feet & knees to help walk first steps

fruit
Dermatology Hair growth Unspecified

Rub pulp on bald areas

Rub pulp on bald areas

fruit
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Deafness Unspecified

Extract juice from leaves & apply as eardrops

Extract juice from leaves & apply as eardrops

leaf
Endocrine/ Metabolism Diabetes mellitus Hypoglycemic

1. Eat ground dried fruit x 1/2 teaspoon/day
2. Eat seeds

1. Eat ground dried fruit x 1/2 teaspoon/day
2. Eat seeds

fruit, seed
Gastrointestinal Ascites Unspecified

1. Decoct root & use internally (Admin. not specified)

2. Use fruit pulp (Preparation /administration not described)

1. Decoct root & use internally (Admin. not specified)

2. Use fruit pulp (Preparation /administration not described)

fruit, root
Gastrointestinal Constipation Laxative

1. Decoct fruit & drink extract (strong laxative)

2. Decoct fruit & leaves & drink x1 cup before sleeping
3. Grind dried leaves & eat mornings
4. Use fruit pulp; (Administration not specified)
4. Rub sole of foot with fruit

1. Decoct fruit & drink extract (strong laxative)

2. Decoct fruit & leaves & drink x1 cup before sleeping
3. Grind dried leaves & eat mornings
4. Use fruit pulp; (Administration not specified)
4. Rub sole of foot with fruit

fruit, leaf
Gastrointestinal Constipation Laxative

Grind dried leaves & eat mornings

Grind dried leaves & eat mornings

leaf
Gastrointestinal Induce diarrhea Laxative

Rub foot with fruit

Rub foot with fruit

fruit
Gastrointestinal Jaundice & liver diseases Hepatic

Use fruit rind; (preparation & administration not described)

Use fruit rind; (preparation & administration not described)

fruit
Gastrointestinal Jaundice/ Liver disease Hepatic

1. Fill hollowed fruit rind with milk, stand overnigh & drink mornings

2. Drink a few drops of fruit juice

3.For liver disease use fruit pulp (Preparation /admin. not specified)

1. Fill hollowed fruit rind with milk, stand overnigh & drink mornings

2. Drink a few drops of fruit juice

3.For liver disease use fruit pulp (Preparation /admin. not specified)

fruit
Gastrointestinal Laxative Laxative

Cook fruit; drink extract

Cook fruit; drink extract

fruit
Infections Elephantiasis Ant-infective

Use fruit pulp as compress & apply to affected leg

Use fruit pulp as compress & apply to affected leg

fruit
Infections Taenia (tape worms) Anti-parasitic, Vermifuge

Decoct root (Admin. Not specified)

Decoct root (Admin. Not specified)

root
Infections Worms Anti-parasitic, Vermifuge

1. Fill hollowed fruit rind with milk, stand overnight & drink mornings

2. Drink a few drops of fruit juice

1. Fill hollowed fruit rind with milk, stand overnight & drink mornings

2. Drink a few drops of fruit juice

fruit
Kidney & Urinary Tract Diuretic Diuretic

Decoct root & use internally (Admin. not specified)

Decoct root & use internally (Admin. not specified)

root
Musculoskeletal/ Joints Back/ joint pain Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

Peel green fruit & boil pulp in olive oil to obtain jelly. Spread on back/ joints

Peel green fruit & boil pulp in olive oil to obtain jelly. Spread on back/ joints

fruit
Musculoskeletal/ Joints Rheumatic & gouty pain Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Use rind in a compress [/bandage] on afflicted site

Use rind in a compress [/bandage] on afflicted site

fruit
Musculoskeletal/ joints Rheumatic & gouty pain Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Make compress or bandage with pulp & apply to afflected area

Make compress or bandage with pulp & apply to afflected area

fruit
Nervous system Epilepsy Anti-convulsant

Cook fruit in olive oil & eat

Cook fruit in olive oil & eat

fruit, leaf
Other use Jaundice in livestock Hepatic

Decoct fruit & leaves in water & give horses, cattle, goats & sheep x1 full cup to drink mornings

Decoct fruit & leaves in water & give horses, cattle, goats & sheep x1 full cup to drink mornings

fruit, leaf
Respiratory Asthma Bronchodilator

Use pulp (Preparation/ Admin. not specified)

Use pulp (Preparation/ Admin. not specified)

fruit