Capparis zoharyi

Capparis zoharyi Inocencio, D.Rivera, Obón & Alcaraz

Capparaceae

  • Capparis spinosa var. aegyptia (Lam.) Boiss. Capparis hierosolymitana Danin
  • Caper
  • Caper Bush
  • Egyptian Caper
  • Jerusalem Caper
  • شفلح
  • قبر
  • كبار
  • لصف
  • kabar
  • kubar
  • lasaf
  • qabar
  • shafallah
  • צָלָף קוֹצָנִי
  • tzalaf qotzani

Chamaephyte, Hemicryptophyte

  • Disturbed habitats
  •  Hard rock outcrops
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Capparis zoharyi Inocencio, D.Rivera, Obón & Alcaraz

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Rubefacient (reddens skin)

Rubefacient

Crush dried root into fine powder & scatter over a plaster /poultice prepared beforehand (using a cloth spread with dough); apply to affected area for 5 min.

RootZ
Dermatological

Scabies & skin rash

Scabicide

1. Decoct root (+ ? whole plant: Z unclear) in water, cool, strain & apply to skin x2/day.
2. Hold affected area over cooking steam of recipe 1 for 1/2 hr.

? Whole plant, RootZ
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Earache

Analgesic

Crush roots, heat in oil & use as ear drops several x/day until healed.

RootB
Gastrointestinal

Constipation

Laxative

Cook fresh root in water + root of "el-'ulleiq" (Rubus sanguineus) & drink.

RootZ
Gastrointestinal

Nausea

Anti-nausea

Grind fruits, add + " 'uruq-el-mudar" (Calotropis sp.) leaves (See NOTES) + "khar-el-hadid" (iron debris) & eat a little daily.

FruitZ
General

Aching feet/ legs

Analgesic

Cook leaves in tub of water, cool a little, immerse legs/ feet & massage vigorously.

LeafZ
General

Fever

Anti-pyretic

Apply compress of powdered root to abdomen.

RootZ
Helminth infections

Worms

Anthelmintic, Vermifuge

Drink liquid of pickled fruits stored over a prolonged period.

FruitZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Expel kidney stones/ sand

Anti-lithic

Decoct root. (Admin. not specified.)

RootZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney pain & inflammation

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

Decoct root. (Admin. not specified.)

RootZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract infection

Anti-Infective

Decoct leaves & drink 1 cup x2/day until recovery.

LeafB
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Back pain

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

1. Grind roots, place on gauze & apply as bandage to back for 10 min.
2. Grind 200 gm roots +100 gm of wheat bran & apply as bandage to back for 5 min.

RootsB
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Muscle contraction & spasms of legs/ feet

Anti-spasmodic, Muscle relaxant

Cook leaves in water tub, cool a little & immerse legs/ feet; massage vigorously.

LeafZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Restore joint & muscle motion

Non-specific

Crush dried root into fine powder & scatter over a plaster/poultice prepared beforehand (using a cloth spread with dough); apply to afflected area for 5 min.

RootZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Decoct fresh root in water & use decoction to massage area a few times/day especially before sleeping.

RootZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatism in back

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Grate fresh root, add to cloth bandage & apply to affected area.

RootZ
Nervous System

Migraine

Analgesic

Grate fresh root, add to cloth bandage & apply to affected area.

RootZ
Nervous System

Sleep inducing

Hypnotic

Grind fruits, add "'uruq-el-mudar" (Calotropis sp.) leaves + "khar-el-hadid" (iron debris) & drink.

FruitZ
Opthalmic

Eye disease "ramad", causing inflammation conjunctivitis & ophthalmitis

Anti-Infective, Anti-inflammatory

Extract juice from fresh leaves & apply as eye drops.

LeafZ
Opthalmic

Eye inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Extract juice from leaves & use as eyedrops x2/day until healed.

LeafB
Oral Health

Bad taste in mouth/ gingivitis/ strengthen teeth

Anti-caries, Anti-gum disease, Mouth wash

Grind fruits, add "'uruq-el-mudar" (Calotropis sp.) leaves + "khar-el-hadid" (iron debris) & eat a little each day.

FruitZ
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

1. Macerate leaves in vinegar & rinse teeth.
2. Chew leaves.

LeafZ
Reproductive Health

Sterility

Fertility

Boil roots in water, filter & drink. 1 cup x2/day.

RootB
Respiratory

Cold

Anti-Infective

Prepare watery extract/ infusion of leaves + little sugar & drink.

LeafZ
Respiratory

Cough

Anti-tussive

Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup x3/day.

LeafB

Other Uses

Capparis zoharyi Inocencio, D.Rivera, Obón & Alcaraz

System/StateComplaint / Use Activity / Interpretation Preparation and Administration
Parts Used

Source
Culinary

Preserve flowers/ buds

Preservative / solvent

Collect flower buds, keep in dark for 3-4 hr, then place in vinegar, or vinegar + salt for 8 days. After pouring out vinegar & squeezing excess from buds, transfer to fresh vinegar. Replace vinegar again after 8 more days. Quantities used: 1L vinegar for 1 kg of buds (+ salt). or (for salt ) use a salt-saturated solution in water + slice of bread.

FlowerZ

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Z notes that in several recipes, "uruq-el-mudar" is used translated as Calotropis sp. This name seems to be a combination of the Arabic names "usar" or "ashkar" used for Caloptropis procera and "madar" used for Calotropis gigantea

Capparis zoharyi contains isothiocyanates (also found in cruciferous vegetables). While no serious adverse effects in humans have been reported, there is no information on its safety in large doses especially in preganacy and lactation.