Cichorium pumilum

Cichorium pumilum Jacq.

Asteraceae (Compositae)

  • Cichorium endivia subsp. pumilum (Jacq.) Cout.
  • Small Chicory
  •  Dwarf Chicory
  • علت
  • مقد
  • هندباء
  • `ilt
  • hindiba'
  • maqad
  • עֹלֶשׁ מָצוּי
  • olesh matzuy

Annual

  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Cichorium pumilum Jacq.

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

Parts Used

Source
Cancer

Cancer

Anti-carcinogenic

Wash leaves, extract juice & take x 2 teaspoons for 1 mth,

LeafB
Dermatological

Eczema

Anti-inflammatory

Decoct aerial parts & drink x2 cups /day for 1 week.

Aerial partsB
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Ear inflammation

Anti-Infective, Anti-inflammatory

Extract juice from leaves & add x1-2 drops to affected ear

LeafB
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes

Hypoglycemic

1.Boil leaves in water, change water twice & eat the leaves. (B)
2. Decoct plant in water, cool, strain & drink 1 cup x 4/day. (Z)

Aerial parts, LeafB, Z
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Obesity

Anti-obesity

1. Soak ground roots in water for 5 min, boil for 15 min & drink x1 cup before meals.
2. Decoct flowers, leave & then drink 1 cup x3 /day.
3. Grind roots & boil x5 teaspoons in 1L of water for 15 min; drink x1 cup before meals.

Flower, RootB
Endocrine/Metabolic

High cholesterol

Hypocholesterolemic

1. Decoct aerial parts & drink x1cup /day for 2 days.
2. Cook leaves + olive oil+ onions & eat daily.

Aerial parts, LeafB
Gastrointestinal

Constipation

Laxative

1. Decoct washed flowers + aerial parts, filter & drink x1 cup /day before meals for 2 days.
2. Cut leaves into small paices, cook + olive oil + onions & eat.

Aerial parts, FlowerB
Gastrointestinal

Gallbladder problem

Non-specific

Cook aerial parts +olive oil & eat � kg /day for 1 month.

Aerial partsB
Gastrointestinal

Gastric acid/ dyspepsia

Antacid

Decoct x12 teaspoons crushed leaves to 1 cup boiling water; leave 15 min, filter, add + dandelion leaves to filtrate & drink warm.

LeafB
Gastrointestinal

Gastro-intestinal pain

Carminative

Cook plant in water & drink the water +"sukar fadi" (crystallized sugar) if necessary. Afterwards eat the remaining plant.

Aerial partsZ
Gastrointestinal

Haemorrhoids

Anti-haemorrhoidal

1. Boil roots in water until � the water evaporates; filter & drink x1 cup/day for 1 week.
2. Decoct dried flowers & drink 1cup x2 /day.

Flower, RootB
Gastrointestinal

Jaundice

Hepatic

1.Prepare juice from leaves + leaves of dandelion + quince fruit; sweeten + sugar & drink 1cup /day until recovery.
2.Decoct roasted roots & drink x2cups /day.
3. Prepare infusion from crushed leaves & drink x1 cup/ day.
4. Extract juice from aerial parts & drink x2/day until well.
5. Cut clean root into small pieces, boil in water for 2 min, stand 10 min; filter & drink x2/day.

Aerial parts, Leaf, RootB
Gastrointestinal

Stomach inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

1.Cook leaves & eat; can add vineger.
2.Decoct aerial parts & drink x1cup /day.

Aerial parts, LeafB
Gastrointestinal

Treat "intestinal fever"

Anti-Infective, Anti-inflammatory

Cook plant in water & drink the water +"sukar fadi" (crstallized sugar) if necessary. Afterwards eat the remaining plant.

Aerial partsZ
Gastrointestinal

Vomiting; also good for babies

Anti-emetic

Decoct plant in water, cool, strain & drink x1 large tablespoon as needed.

Aerial partsZ
General

Remove toxins from body

Depurative

Extract juice from washed leaves & take x2 teaspoons for 1mth.

LeafB
Haematology

Anaemia

Anti-anaemic

1. Decoct aerial parts & drink x1 cup /day for 2 days. (B)
2. Cook + olive oi l+ onions & eat.(B)
3. Cook + olive oil+ onions + pepper + tahina & eat.(B)
4. Eat fresh aerial parts (B)
5. Cook aerial parts in water & drink the water +"sukar fadi" (crstallized sugar) if necessary. Afterwards eat the remaining plant. (Z)

Aerial partsB, Z
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Sand in kidneys

Anti-lithic

Cook plant in water & drink the water +"sukar fadi" (crystallized sugar) if necessary. Afterwards eat the remaining plant.

Aerial partsZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract infection

Anti-Infective

Decoct flowers, filter & drink x3 cups /day until well.

FlowerB
Musculoskeletal/ joints

Muscle weakness

Non-specific

Cook plant in water & drink the water +"sukar fadi" (crystallized sugar) if necessary. Afterwards eat the remaining plant.

Aerial partsZ
Opthalmic

Eye infection

Anti-Infective

Extract juice from root & apply 1 drop to eye x1/day

RootB
Oral Health

Mouth inflammation

Mouth wash

1. Cook leaves & eat especially in winter.
2. Roast aerial parts, grind, mix + olive oil & apply to mouth x1-2 /day for 7 days.

Aerial parts, LeafB
Respiratory

Cough

Anti-tussive

Boil leaves, add 250 ml of filtrate to water & drink for 3 days.

LeafB
Venoms, Bites & Stings

Snake bite

Anti-venom

Apply dried, ground leaves to affected area.

LeafB
Women`s Health

Uterus inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

1.Cook leaves + olive oil + onions & eat.
2. Decoct leaves for 15 min & drink x1 cup/day until well.

LeafB

Other Uses

Cichorium pumilum Jacq.

System/StateComplaint / Use Activity / Interpretation Preparation and Administration
Parts Used

Source
Culinary

Common food

Nutritive

Cook in olive oil + salt + water + onion + lemon & eat hot.

Aerial partsZ
Veterinary

Diarrhea in animals

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Add aerial parts to animal feed.

Aerial partsB

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Cichorium genus contains plants associated with rare allergic skin reactions. Caution in patients with bile or gallstones. Cichorium pumilum is not recommended for patients with kidney stones as it contains large amounts of mineral salts and iron. Juice/filtrate should be taken with large amounts of water.