Persicaria acuminata

Persicaria acuminata (Kunth) M.Gómez


  • Polygonum acuminatum Kunth
  • Smartweed
  • Tapertip
  • دويرات النعنع البري
  • dwirat el-na'na' el-barri
  • אַרְכֻּבִּית מְחֻדֶּדֶת
  • arkubit mekhudedet


  • Humid habitats
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Persicaria acuminata (Kunth) M.Gómez

Activity / Interpretation Traditional

Parts Used


Cold feet in winter


Insert plant into shoes & walk all day.

Aerial partsB

Asthma/ cough

Anti-asthmatic, Anti-tussive

Decoct plant in water, cool, filter & drink 1 cup x3/day or inhale steam from decoction x2/day.

Flower, LeafB

Cold/ runny nose

Anti-Infective, Anti-catarrhal

Decoct plant in water, cool, filter & drink 1 cup x3/day.

Aerial parts, LeafB, Z

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

Persicaria (formally Polygonum) genus has species that may contain steroidal saponins. Although formerly thought to contain cardiac glycosides, recent studies have not confirmed their presence. Some members of this genus can cause photosensitivity in susceptible people. Many species also contain oxalic acid causing kidney stones & imparing uptake of calcium. Overdose of some species can cause diarrhea, nausea & gastric upset.