Descurainia sophia

Descurainia sophia (L.) Webb ex Prantl

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) (Cruciferae)

  • Flixweed
  • سمارة
  • samareh
  • דֵּקוּרֶנְיָה מְנֻצָּה
  • dequrenya menutza

Annual

  • Batha
  • Phrygana

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Descurainia sophia (L.) Webb ex Prantl

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

Parts Used

Source
Child Health

Abdominal gas especially in children

Carminative

Pour boiling water over seeds in a cup + nabat sugar (large rock sugar crystals) & drink.

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Dermatological

Pruritis

Anti-pruritic

Extract seeds in "'araq" (anise liquor) & "qosani" (Cichorium sp.) (See NOTES 1) + "shirkhisht" (sugary sap of Cotoneaster) + "folus" (Cassia fistula); apply to affected skin.

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Dermatological

Small skin lesions (rash)

Vulneray

Cook seeds +" turgadazi" (Solanum nigrum, See CAUTIONS for this species) + "qosani" (Cichorium sp.) & drink.

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Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Throat lesions

Anti-Infective, Demulcent

Rinse seeds with water, cook & drink.

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Gastrointestinal

Constipation & abdominal pain

Laxative

Grind seeds, cook in water & drink without sugar.

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Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea & vomiting in adults

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal, Anti-emetic

Pour boiling water over seeds in a cup + nabat sugar (large rock sugar crystals) & drink.

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Infectious Diseases

Measles

Anti-Infective

Rinse seeds with water, cook & drink.

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Respiratory

Fever/ colds

Anti-Infective, Anti-pyretic

Rinse seeds with water, cook & drink.

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Z notes that the Persian name for this species, "hokshir" or hakshir" is also used for seeds of Sisymbrium sp. ( synonym of Descurainia sopia) & Erysimum species. 1. In the recipe for pruritus Z identifies the ingredient "qosani" as Cichorium sp. This is not the Arabic name but is similar to Persian, Urdu & Sanskrit names for this plant ("kasni", "kasani )