Calotropis procera

Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T.Aiton

Apocynaceae

  • Giant Milkweed
  • Sodom`s Apple
  • عشار
  • عشر
  • عشير
  • `asheer
  • `ishar
  • `ushar
  • פְּתִילַת-הַמִּדְבָּר הַגְּדוֹלָה
  • תַּפּוּחַ סְדוֹם
  • ptilat ha-midbar ha-gdola
  • tapuakh Sdom

Tree

  •  Thermophilous plants

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T.Aiton

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

Parts Used

Source
Gastrointestinal

Nausea

Anti-nausea

Mix leaves + ground Capparis spinosa fruits +" khar-el-hadid" (iron debris) & eat a little daily. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

LeafZ
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

Use plant latex (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.) (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

LatexZ

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Z notes that the milky juice should not be used internally because it is poisonous. He adds that "in wartime it was used to poison wells".

The milky juice (latex) of Calotropis procera is toxic & extremely poisonous. It should not be used internally. Toxic effects include cardiotoxicity (slow heartbeat), testicular toxicity, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions & death.