Pistacia terebinthus

Pistacia terebinthus L.

Anacardiaceae

  • Pistacia palaestina Boiss.
  • Eastern Turpentine Tree
  • Palestinian Pistachio
  • Terebinth Tree
  • Turpentine Tree
  • بطم
  • بطم فلسطيني
  • butum
  • butum falastini
  • אֵלָה אֶרֶץ-יִשְׂרְאֵלִית
  • ela eretz-isre'elit

Tree

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Pistacia terebinthus L.

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

Parts Used

Source
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes

Hypoglycemic

Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup on empty stomach before breakfast.

LeafB
Gastrointestinal

Dysentery

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Cook galls (see NOTES) in water + Mentha sp. & drink 1 teaspoon x3/day.

GallZ
Haematology

Clean blood

Blood purifier

Boil gall resin in butter + honey, cool & eat x1 teaspoon mornings. Add 2 soft boiled eggs.

Gall resinZ
Infectious Diseases

Tuberculosis

Anti-tubercular

Boil gall resin in butter + honey, cool & eat x1 teaspoon mornings. Add 2 soft boiled eggs. .

Gall resinZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup on empty stomach before breakfast.

LeafB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary obstruction

Deobstruent

Eat gall resin.

Gall resinZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup on empty stomach before breakfast.

LeafB
Mens Health/ Sexuality

Aphrodisiac for men

Aphrodisiac

Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup on empty stomach before breakfast.

LeafB
Respiratory

Asthma

Anti-asthmatic

Boil gall resin + butter + honey, cool & eat x1 teaspoon mornings.

Gall resinZ
Wound Healing

Burn

Vulnerary

Apply powdered wood from rotten tree trunk to burn over which butter has been spread.

WoodZ

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Galls used in several preparations for Pistachia terebinthus are abnormal plant growths on the leaves, twigs, roots or flowers caused by various organisms including insects (e.g wasps), mites, fungi, bacteria etc.