Ficus sycomorus

Ficus sycomorus L.

Moraceae

  • Sycomore Fig
  • جميز
  • حماط
  • hamat
  • jummaiz
  • פִיקוּס הַשִּׁקְמָה
  • fiqus ha-shiqma

Tree

  • Humid habitats
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Ficus sycomorus L.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Eczema

Anti-inflammatory

Spread fresh latex on affected area.

Aerial partsZ, B
Dermatological

Herpes zoster

Anti-herpetic

Spread fresh latex on affected area.

Aerial partsZ
Dermatological

Skin diseases

Non-specific

Apply milky sap externally until condition improves.

Aerial parts, InflorescenceZ
Dermatological

Tinea infection; "Hazaz"

Anti-fungal

Wet cotton with milky juice (latex) oozing from broken twigs & rub over affected area; repeat several times.

Aerial partsZ
Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea & bloody diarrhea

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Diarrhea: Crush dried leaves to powder & drink + water. Bloody diarrhea: Preparation/ Admin not specified..

Aerial partsZ
Gastrointestinal

Stomach poisoning

Anti-Infective

Preparation/ Admin. not specified.

Aerial partsZ, B
Gastrointestinal

Vomiting

Anti-emetic

Preparation/ Admin not specified.

Aerial partsZ
Helminth infections

Worms

Anthelmintic, Vermifuge

Preparation/ Admin. not specified.

Aerial partsZ

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

The latex is a milky juice which is part of the sap, & is a natural sticky polymer exuding from different plant parts containing various phytochemicals etc. Both sap & latex are used here interchangeably

Ficus genus contains species whose latex (milky exudate) can cause conjunctivitis if in contact with the eyes & phytophotodermatitis, a potentially serious skin inflammation after exposed to ultraviolet light. Psoralens in fruit in very high doses are reported to cause photodermatitis in pregnancy.