Pistacia atlantica

Pistacia atlantica Desf.

Anacardiaceae

  • Atlantic Mastic tree
  • Atlantic Pistachia
  • Mt. Atlas Mastic tree
  • Persian Turpentine tree
  • بطم أطلسي
  • butm atlasi
  • אֵלָה אַטְלַנְטִית
  • ela atlantit

Tree

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest
  •  Hard rock outcrops

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Pistacia atlantica Desf.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Eczema

Anti-inflammatory

Extract resin from flowering stem, mix + sulfur & spread over lesion.

ResinZ
Dermatological

Hair loss

Hair restorer

Decoct leaves in water, cool, filter, mix filtrate + equal amount bees wax & boil over fire until gel forms; spread over shaved head x1/day.

LeafZ
Dermatological

Ringworm (Tinea )

Anti-fungal

Extract resin from flowering stem, mix + sulfur & spread over lesion.

ResinZ
Dermatological

Skin inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Crush leaves into fine powder, mix + olive oil & spread over skin.

LeafZ
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain & dysentery

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal, Anti-spasmodic

Crush fruits into fine powder, mix + honey + few drops "ruh el-na'na" (alcoholic solution of Mentha sp.) & eat.

FruitZ
Men`s Health/ Sexuality

Increase virility

Aphrodisiac

Cook leaves & branch tips in water + myrtle (Myrtus communis) & drink.

Branch /twig, LeafZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Reset badly mended bone fracture

Vulnerary

Cook branches in water in a closed pot + "feijan" (Ruta) + "maryameyeh" (Salvia fruticosa) + branches of "el-ghar" (Laurus sp.) + "saris" (Pistacia lentiscus) + "sarw" (Cupressus sp.). Place affected limb in steam for few minutes. When removed bone fracture can be tapped lightly & reset correctly.

Branch /twig, LeafZ
Respiratory

Relieve chest pain in asthma & bronchitis

Analgesic

Decoct crushed seeds & drink.

SeedZ

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