Alkanna strigosa

Alkanna strigosa Boiss & Hohen.

Boraginaceae

  • Strigose Alkanet
  • هواء جواني
  • hawa juwani
  • אַלְקַנָּה סְמוּרָה
  • alkana semura

Chamaephyte

  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Alkanna strigosa Boiss & Hohen.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Swollen skin lesions

Vulberary

Decoct root, mix + olive oil & apply to lesion.

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Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Bone fracture

Vulnerary

Decoct root, mix + olive oil & apply to lesion.

RootZ
Wound Healing

Infected abscess

Anti-Infective

Decoct root, mix + olive oil & apply to lesion.

RootZ

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1. Z notes that the root of another species in this genus (Alkanna tinctora) found in S.E Europe is used to extract a+K19:K20 dye.
2. Z notes that alkanins in this genus have anti-microbial & wound healing properties & are used for skin ulcers. He quotes Dioscorides (1st century Greek physician): "helps those bitten by venomous beasts; chewing root & spit in mouth of serpant will kill reptile"

Alkanna strigosa roots contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids & should be avoided in pregnancy. May cause acute liver failure, cirrhosis, pneumonitis, pulmonary hypertension & heart failure.