Polygonum equisetiforme

Polygonum equisetiforme Sm.

Polygonaceae

  • Horsetail Knotweed
  • Knotgrass (genus)
  • شبطبط
  • عفراج
  • قضاب
  • `afraj
  • quddab
  • shabatbat
  • אַרְכֻּבִּית שְׁבַטְבַּטִּית
  • arkubit shevatbatit

Hemicryptophyte

  • Batha
  • Phrygana

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Polygonum equisetiforme Sm.

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

Parts Used

Source
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes

Hypoglycemic

Decoct aerial parts & drink x1 cup/day.

Aerial partsB
Genitourinary system

Inflammation of reproductive tract/ urinary tract/ bladder/ kidneys

Anti-inflammatory

Decoct plant in water & drink hot.

Aerial partsZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Dissolve kidney stones

Anti-lithic

Decoct plant in water & drink instead of water.

Aerial partsZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Diuretic

Diuretic

Decoct plant in water & drink instead of water.

Aerial partsZ
Respiratory

Cough

Anti-tussive

Decoct aerial parts & drink x1 cup/day.

Aerial partsB
Respiratory

Influenza

Anti-Infective

Decoct aerial parts & drink x1cup/day.

Aerial partsB

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

Polygonum genus has species which may contain steroidal saponins. Although formerly thought to contain cardiac glycosides recent studies have not confirm 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 Polygonum species can cause diarrhea, nausea & gastric upset.