Cichorium intybus

Cichorium intybus L.

Asteraceae (Compositae)

  • More than 30 synonyms
  • Common Chicory
  • علت
  • هندباء
  • `ilt
  • hindiba'
  • עֹלֶשׁ תַּרְבּוּתִי
  • olesh tarbuti

Annual

  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Cichorium intybus L.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Pruritis

Anti-pruritic

Prepare extract of root in "araq" (anise liquor) +" khaqshir" (Sisymbrium sp. synonym of Descurainia sopia.) + "shirkhisht" (sugary secretion of Cotoneaster) + "folus" (Cassia fistula) & apply to affected skin.

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Dermatological

Rash/small skin lesions

Vulnerary

Cook root +" taujadizi" (Solanum nigrum) fruit & whole plant + Descurainia sophia & drink (See CAUTIONS 2 for Solanum nigrum).

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Gastrointestinal

Jaundice

Hepatic

Use root. (Preparation unclear but may involve a fish dish.)

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General

Fever

Anti-pyretic

Use root. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

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Infectious Diseases

Malaria & high fever

Anti-malarial, Anti-pyretic

Two preparations are used A & B: A. Cook root in water + "taujadizi" (Solanum nigrum) (See CAUTIONS 2) + "banafsa" (Viola odorata) + "nilufar" (Nymphaea alba). B. Cook "folus" (Cassia fistula) & "taranjamin" (Alhagi sp.) in almond oil. Drink preparation A for 3 days, morning & evening. If no improvement, drink preparation B once. Next day prepare B without "folus" & drink. If still fever on 6th day drink B with "folus".

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Infectious Diseases

Measles (hasba)

Anti-Infective

Three preparations are used: A, B & C. A. Cook Cichorium root + "taujadizi" (Solanum nigrum) (See CAUTIONS 2) in water + Viola odorata + Nymphaea alba. B. Cook Cassia fistula + Alhagi sp. + almond oil. C. Cook as in B but add Cotoneaster nummularia. Drink A for 3 days morning & evening. If no improvement drink B. As a final treatment drink C.

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Infectious Diseases

Typhoid fever

Anti-Infective

Decoct flowers & drink.

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Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Decoct root & drink conc. extract x1 cup for 3 days.

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1. Cichorium. intybus is identifid with rare allergic skin reactions. Caution in patients with bile or gallstones. Contains carcinogens increased by roasting. Ingestion may cause bradycardia.
2. Several recipes include cooking Cichorium intybus with " taujadazi" or " tajazi" (black nightshade, Solanum nigrum). All parts of Solanum nigrum except the ripe fruit contain highly toxic glycoalkaloid, solanine causing solanine-like poisoning symptoms (unripe fruits can also cause toxicity). For more details see Solanum nigrum entry.