Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.Rich.

Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.Rich.

Annual

  • Batha
  • Phrygana
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Fructus Ecballii
  • Squirting cucumber
  • יְרֹקֶת-חֲמוֹר מְצוּיָה
  • yeroqet-khamor metzuya
  • فقوس أبو حمار
  • فقوس الحمار
  • فقوس الحمير
  • قتحة
  • قثاء الحمار
  • قثاء الحمير
  • faqus abu himar
  • faqus el-hamir
  • faqus himar
  • qatha
  • qitha el-hamir
  • qitha el-himar
Medicinal uses

Complaints treated by Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.Rich.

System/State Complaint / Use Actions Preparation and Administration Parts Used Source
Cardiovascular Dropsy (oedema) Cardiac, Diuretic

Decoct fruit & drink x3 large tablespoons /day

Decoct fruit & drink x3 large tablespoons /day

fruit
Child health Wean babies Unspecified

Apply juice of leaves to nipples; bitter taste causes baby to stop breastfeeding

Apply juice of leaves to nipples; bitter taste causes baby to stop breastfeeding

leaf
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Ear ache Analgesic

Apply fruit juice locally as eardrops

Apply fruit juice locally as eardrops

fruit
Gastrointestinal Constipation Laxative

Add few drops of fruit juice to dried fig & eat

Add few drops of fruit juice to dried fig & eat

fruit
Gastrointestinal Haemorrhoids Anti-haemorrhoidal

Add few drops of fruit juice to glass of milk & drink.
(May cause initial discomfort (a hard condition ) but heals later).

Add few drops of fruit juice to glass of milk & drink.
(May cause initial discomfort (a hard condition ) but heals later).

fruit
Gastrointestinal Hepatitis Anti-infective, Hepatic

Use fruit juice as nose drops, x1 drop to each nostril; following this large amount of yellow liquid escapes from nose & faeces also become yellow

Use fruit juice as nose drops, x1 drop to each nostril; following this large amount of yellow liquid escapes from nose & faeces also become yellow

fruit
Infections Erysipelas Ant-infective

Apply compress of crushed leaves + leben ( fermented milk See NOTES) topically

Apply compress of crushed leaves + leben ( fermented milk See NOTES) topically

leaf
Kidney & Urinary Tract Urinary tract stones/ diuretic Anti-lithic, Diuretic

Decoct leaves & drink x3 cups/day

Decoct leaves & drink x3 cups/day

leaf
Musculoskeletal/ Joints Rheumatic pain in muscles/ joints Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Using fruit juice and/or leaves: 1.Massage painful area directly or 2. Massage area after daily hot bath or 3. Use in steam bath

Using fruit juice and/or leaves: 1.Massage painful area directly or 2. Massage area after daily hot bath or 3. Use in steam bath

fruit, leaf
Nervous system Sleep inducer Sedative

Decoct fruit & drink x1 tablespoon before sleeping.

Decoct fruit & drink x1 tablespoon before sleeping.

fruit
Oral health Toothache & tooth decay Analgesic

Squeeze juice from crushed leaves & fruit &
gargle several times without swallowing.

Squeeze juice from crushed leaves & fruit &
gargle several times without swallowing.

fruit, leaf