Dioscorea communis

Dioscorea communis (L.) Caddick & Wilkin

Dioscoreaceae

  • Tamus communis L.
  • Black Bryony
  • Lady's-seal
  • جرمع
  • jarmu'
  • טָמוּס מָצוּי
  • tamus matzuy

Geophytes, Vines

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Dioscorea communis (L.) Caddick & Wilkin

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

Parts Used

Source
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes

Hypoglycemic

Extract fruit juice & drink x1 cup/day in morning.

FruitB

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Dioscorea communis contains oxalate mainly in the fruit & should be avoided in patients with kidney/bile stones. Also contains steroidal saponines (dioscin & gracillin) & large doses may be emetic. Dioscorea genus has some species which may contain pyrridinal alkaloids (dioscorin) leading to a picrotoxin-like poisoning affecting the Central Nervous System causing seizures & respiratory paralysis in high enough doses. Not advised in pregnacy.