Cynodon dactylon

Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers.

Poaceae (Gramineae) (Gramineae)

  • Bermuda Grass
  • انجيل
  • ثيل
  • نِجيل (نَجِيل) بلدي
  • enjil
  • nijil (najil) baladi
  • theel
  • יַבְּלִית מְצוּיָה
  • yablit metzuya

Geophyte, Hemicryptophyte

  • Batha
  • Desert
  • Phrygana
  • Shrub-steppes

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Dandruff/ hair loss

Anti-dandruff, Hair restorer

Decoct whole plant & rhizome in water, cool, filter & wash head x1/day.

Whole plant (Aerial parts + rhizome)Z
Gastrointestinal

"Rheumatism in stomach" (meaning unclear but possibly stomach inflammation)

Anti-inflammatory

Cook rhizomes + barley grains in water & drink.

RhizomeZ
Gastrointestinal

Cholelithiasis (stones/ gravel in biliary tract)

Anti-lithic

Prepare tea from rhizome & drink.

RhizomeZ
Gastrointestinal

Digestive tract gas & inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Demulcent

Decoct rhizome in water & drink x3 cups/day.

RhizomeZ
Gastrointestinal

Stomach & intestinal pain & spasms

Anti-spasmodic, Carminative

Decoct rhizome in water; for baby drink x2 small teaspoons/day as needed.

RhizomeZ
Gastrointestinal

Vomiting

Anti-emetic

Prepare tea from rhizome. (Admin. not specified.)

RhizomeZ
Genitourinary system

Genitourinary tract inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

Decoct rhizome in water & drink instead of water.

RhizomeZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Diuretic

Diuretic

1. Decoct rhizome in water & drink instead of water.
2. Two preparations are used A & B: A. Cook rhizome + barley grains (Hordeum sp.) in water & drink x1 cup mornings. B. Prepare infusion of Boswellia sp.+ fennel (Foeniculum) + tailed pepper (Piper cubeba) & drink at noon after A.

RhizomeZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney & urinary tract stones

Anti-lithic

1.Prepare tea from rhizome & drink alone or + barley grains, instead of water. (Z)
2. Kidney stones only: Boil 15 gm of roots in 0.5 L water for 10 min, filter & drink x4 cups/day until well. (B)

RhizomeZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney diseases including renal ascites/ proteinurea

Renal

Decoct rhizome in water + barley grains (Admin. not specified.)

RhizomeZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary disturbances

Non-specific

Prepare tea from rhizome. (Admin. not specified.)

RhizomeZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary retention

Deobstruent

Boil 15 gm roots in 0.5 L water for 10 min, filter & drink x4 cups/day until well.

RootB
Wound Healing

Heal external / open wounds

Vulnerary

Prepare compress of rhizome & apply.

RhizomeZ

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Cynodon dactylon contains cyanogenic glycosides which can produce hydrocyanic acid under certain environmental conditions. Potentially toxic to livestock. Can cause contact dermatitis in humans.