Elaeagnus angustifolia

Elaeagnus angustifolia L.

Elaeagnaceae

  • Oleaster (genus)
  • Persian Olive
  • Russian Olive
  • Russian Silver-berry
  • زيزفون
  • zeizafun
  • יִצְהָרוֹן מַכְסִיף
  • yitzharon makhsif

Tree

  • Humid habitats

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Elaeagnus angustifolia L.

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

Parts Used

Source
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain

Carminative

Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup as needed.

ExudateZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

Decoct flowers & drink x1 cup mornings before breakfast as needed.

ExudateZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract infection

Anti-Infective

Decoct flowers & drink x1 cup mornings before breakfast as needed.

ExudateZ
Nervous system

Epilepsy

Anti-convulsant

Decoct leaves & drink x3 cups/day.

RootB
Respiratory system

Upper respiratory tract congestion

Decongestant

Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup x1-2/day.

ExudateZ

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Elaeagnus angustifolia contains alkaloids in the root, bark & aerial parts including; elaeagnin which has hypotensive actvity; harman & harmaline that inhibit monoamino oxidase (MAO) & increase serotonin & noradrenaline. Contains high levels of K, Na, P & steroidal glycosides (saponins). Should not be used in preganacy or lactation. Rich in heavy metals including Cr, Pb, Zn, Cu, Ni, Co. Pollen allergenic & can cause dermatitis on contact. May interact with cardiac, hypotensive drugs & tricyclic anti-depressants.