Alhagi maurorum

Alhagi maurorum Medik.

Leguminosae(Fabaceae)

  • Alhagi camelorum Fisch.
  • Alhagi Manna
  • Camel Thorn
  • ترنجمين
  • شبرق
  • شرش العاقول
  • طرنجمش
  • طرنجمين
  • عاقول
  • `aqul
  • shabraq
  • shirsh el-'aqul
  • taranjamin
  • taranjamish
  • tranjamin
  • tranjemin
  • הָגָה מְצוּיָה
  • haga metzuya

Shrubby perennial

  • Fields and salty habitats
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Alhagi maurorum Medik.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Skin lesions

Non-specific

Cook manna (sugary secretion on leaves)(see NOTES) in water & drink.

ExudateZ
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain

Carminative

1. Infuse " manna" (sugary secretion on leaves),(see NOTES) in hot water & drink infusion.
2. Decoct "manna" in water & drink.

ExudateZ
Gastrointestinal

Cleanse stomach

Depurative

Boil "manna" (sugary secretion on leaves) (See NOTES) in water & use as enema.

ExudateZ
Gastrointestinal

Constipation

Laxative

1. Decoct "manna" (sugary secretion on leaves),(see NOTES), in water, strain & drink or use as enema (for "cleansing stomach").
2. Heat "manna" without liquid until it turns red, rinse, put in container + almond oil + "barhang" (? Plantago sp. or species in Cruciferae family) + "gule gavzabon" (Anchusa azurea) (See NOTES 3) ; cook & drink x1 cup.

ExudateZ
Gastrointestinal

Jaundice

Hepatic

Use"manna"(sugary secretion on leaves), (see NOTES) (Preparation/Admin. not specified).

ExudateZ
Gastrointestinal

Lack of appetite

Stomachic

Cook "manna" (sugary secretion on leaves), (see NOTES) in water to thick mash & eat.

ExudateZ
General

Fever

Anti-pyretic

Cook "manna" ( sugary secretion on leaves)(see NOTES) in water & drink.

ExudateZ
General

Weakness

Tonic

Cook "manna"(sugary secretion on leaves),(see NOTES) in water to thick mash & eat.

ExudateZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatism/ joint pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Prepare poultice of roots + flour & apply to affected area for 3 hr.

RootB
Respiratory

"Angina" (sore throat) & flu.

Anti-Infective, Demulcent

Decoct "manna" (sugary secretion on leaves), (see NOTES) & drink.

ExudateZ
Respiratory

Colds

Anti-Infective

Decoct "manna" (sugary secretion on leaves),(see NOTES), strain & drink.

ExudateZ

Other Uses

Alhagi maurorum Medik.

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

Source
Culinary

Food

Nutritive

1. Roots are eaten (Preparation not specified). (see NOTES)
2. Manna (sugary secretion exuding from twigs) is eaten during flowering season.

Branch /twig, RootZ

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1. "Manna" used by Z describes a sugary secretion derived from the leaves & twigs of the Alhagi genus. The name appears in both the Bible & Quran. It has also been used to describe the resin/exudate from other trees and plants.
2. Z notes that both the roots & manna ( sugary secretion) from twigs are consumed by nomadic Bedouin particularly during times of need.
3. In the recipe for constipation Z mentions the addition of "gule gavzabon" which he refers to as Anchusa azurea. However in Persian "Gol gav zaban" is Borage officinalis.

Alhagi genus has species that contain akaloids & coumarin derivatives in twigs & roots. Historically (not proven) considered harmful to kidneys & prohibited in acute fever, smallpox, typhoid, bloody diarrhea & haemorrhage.