Bryonia syriaca

Bryonia syriaca Boiss.

Cucurbitaceae

  • Syrian Bryony
  • الجرموعة
  • el-jarmu'a
  • דְּלַעַת-נָחָשׁ סוּרִית
  • dla'at nakhash surit

Hemicryptophyte,  Climber

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Bryonia syriaca Boiss.

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

Parts Used

Source
General

Oedema

Anti-hydropic

Decoct root in water, cool, strain & take 1 large tablespoon + sugar x2/day.

Aerial partsZ

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Byronia genus contains species whose roots are powerful laxatives, emetics & can cause severe skin irritation. All parts of plants & roots contain toxic cucurbitacins & are considered poisonous. They may cause abortion, anuria, blisters, colic collapse, convulsions, cramps, dermatosis, diarrhea, dizziness, emesis, nephrosis, neursis. Byronia species are likely unsafe at low doses while larger doses may cause fatal poisoning. Touching fresh bryonia can cause skin irritation. Eating berries can cause death.