Ferula communis

Ferula communis L.

Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

  • Common Giant Fennel
  • Giant Fennel
  • حلتيت
  • زلوع
  • قاسوخ
  • كلخ
  • كلخ شائع
  • haltit
  • kalkh
  • kalkh sha'i'
  • qasukh
  • zulu'
  • כֶּלֶךְ מָצוּי
  • kelekh matzuy

Hemicryptophyte

  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Ferula communis L.

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

Parts Used

Source
Cancer

Cancer

Anti-carcinogenic

1.Make incision in root, extract oleo gum-resin; swallow small piece (raw) + gum of myrrh tree (Commiphora myrrh) daily until recovery.
2. Boil oleo gum-resin from root + gum of myrrh tree (Commiphora myrrh) in milk & drink x1 cup morning before breakfast until recovery.

Fruit, RootZ
Mens Health/ Sexuality

Aphrodisiac for males

Aphrodisiac

Decoct roots & drink x1 cup as needed.

Leaf, RootZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatism

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Grind fruit, fry in olive oil & use to massage body.

Fruit, Leaf, RootZ
Opthalmic

Eye inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Wrap fresh flowers in cloth, soak in water & drip into eye.

LeafB
Wound Healing

Lesions

Vulnerary

Squeeze juice of flowers & stems onto lesion.

SeedB

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Z mentions various Arabic names for different parts & preparations of Ferula communis: "bizr el-kalkh" (ground fruit fried in olive oil) & "asir el kalkh" (juice produced from flowers & stems).

Ferula communis has two chemotypes (toxic & non-toxic) with different chemical constituents. The toxic chemotype produces prenylated coumarins that can cause lethal haemorrhagic disorder.