Anchusa strigosa

Anchusa strigosa Banks & Sol.

Boraginaceae

  • Strigose Bugloss. Prickly Alkanet
  • حمحم
  • شرش الزلوع
  • لسان الثور
  • مصيص
  • himhim
  • lisan el-thor
  • musseis
  • shirsh el-zulu'
  • לְשׁוֹן-פַּר סְמוּרָה
  • leshon-par semura

Hemicryptophyte

  • Batha
  • Phrygana

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Anchusa strigosa Banks & Sol.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Calluses /corns (Heb:"yabelet" according to Z)

Emollient

Cook root in water & spread on affected area. After 12 hr wash with clean water.

RootZ
Dermatological

Skin inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Macerate aerial parts & apply to skin several times.

Aerial partsB
Gastrointestinal

Stomach ulcer

Anti-ulcer

Decoct root in water for 1 hr & drink x1 cup/day mornings for 20 days.

RootB
General

Hyperthermia

Anti-pyretic, Refigerant

Add 2 teaspoons of flower to 1L boiled water, leave 15 min, filter, sweeten + sugar & drink x1 cup/day as needed.

FlowerB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

1. Add 50 gm of flowers to 1L hot water, boil for 5 min, stand 15 min, filter & drink x1 cup before breakfast.
2. Extract juice from leaves + sugar (optional) & drink x 2-3 cups/day until recovery.

Flower. Leaf (juice)B
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

Add 50 gm of flowers to 1L hot water, boil for 5 min, stand 15 min, filter & drink x 2-3 cups /day until recovery.

FlowerB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary retention

Deobstruent

Add 50 gm of flowers +leaves to 1L hot water, boil for 5 min & drink 2-3 cups/day until recovery.

Flower, LeafB
Men`s Health/ Sexuality

Increase virility

Aphrodisiac

Cook root in chicken soup or cow's milk & drink.

RootZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Mash root peel & use as bandage on painful area.

RootZ

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Anchusa strigosa contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are potentially hazardous for humans & animals with mutagenic, teratogenic, cancerogenic & fetotoxic properties.