Lycium europaeum

Lycium europaeum L.

Solanaceae

  • European Box-thorn
  • European Tea Tree
  • عرقد
  • عوسج
  • غرقد
  • `arqad
  • `usaj
  • gharqad
  • אָטָד אֵירוֹפִּי
  • atad eiropi

Phanerophyte shrub

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest
  • Shrub-steppes

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Lycium europaeum L.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Baldness

Hair restorer

Cook leaves in water + salt & spread over head.

Branch /twig, ConeZ
Dermatological

Ringworm of scalp (Tinea capitis)

Anti-fungal

Crush fresh leaves & apply to affected area.

LeafZ
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal & biliary pain

Analgesic, Anti-spasmodic

Decoct root in water, cool, filter & drink.

Branch /twigZ
Gastrointestinal

Stomach pain (adults & children)

Carminative

Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup/day.

FruitZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary obstruction /urine retention

Deobstruent

Grind seeds together + seeds of Cucurbita maxima + "bizr faqus" (Cucumis sp.) + "bizr batikh" (Citrullus vulgaris) + "yansun" fruit (Pimpinella anisum) + "bishbash" weed (Senecio vulgaris) & eat.

Branch /twigZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Arthritis (B) Rheumatic pain in back/ joints (Z)

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

1. Boil roots with soil & apply as poultice or paste to affected area. (B)
2. Decoct root in water, cool, filter, prepare salve & massage painful area. (Effect is quick & long-lasting.) (Z)

Cone, FruitZ, B
Nervous System

Headache

Analgesic

Decoct root in water, cool, filter & drink x3 cups/day or as needed.

Fruit /LeafZ
Opthalmic

Cataract

Visual health

Decoct leaves & apply as eye wash.

CormB
Opthalmic

Eye infection

Anti-Infective

Decoct leaves & apply as eye wash.

Corm, LeafB
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

Decoct leaves & use filtrate as mouth wash.

CormB
Wound Healing

Burn

Vulnerary

Burn dried roots, grind to powder & apply to affected area several times until healed.

LeafB
Wound Healing

Infected wounds

Anti-Infective

Decoct leaves & apply to affected area x1/day until healed.

CormB

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Lycium genus has some species which may contain tropane alkaloids including the edible leaves which can be toxic causing cardiac disorders, mainly heart rate disturbances, euphoric states, disorientation, depressive activity on CNS, dryness of mucous membranes.