Raphanus raphanistrum

Raphanus raphanistrum L.

Brassicaceae

  • Garden Radish
  • فجل بري
  • فجيلة
  • fijeleh
  • fijl barri
  • צְנוֹן מָצוּי.
  • tzenon matzuy

Annual

  • Batha
  • Phrygana

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Raphanus raphanistrum L.

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

Parts Used

Source
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Ear inflammation

Anti-Infective

Grill radish roots & squeeze into affected ear.

RootB
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Impaired hearing

Non-specific

Grind seeds & tie into cloth to form small bundle; wet + juice of goat's adrenal gland & apply drops into ear. (See NOTES 1)

SeedZ
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Nasal inflammation & pain

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

Crush seeds, mix with water & apply as nose drops.

SeedZ
Gastrointestinal

Biliary stones: dissolve & excrete them

Anti-lithic

Decoct whole plant in water & drink instead of water.

Whole plant (? aerial parts + root)Z
Gastrointestinal

Dizziness, vomiting, headache & abdominal pain

Analgesic, Anti-emetic, Carminative

Eat powdered seeds every morning for 1 week.

SeedZ
Gastrointestinal

Dysentery

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Cook leaves or leaf veins in water & drink.

LeafZ
Gastrointestinal

Flatulence

Carminative

Eat fresh radish root with meals.

RootB
General

General body weakness & pain (especially in old people).

Analgesic, Tonic

Boil bulb in water for 15 min + ginger root + mint, cool & reheat; mix liquid + equal amount bees' honey (previously boiled with froth skimmed off) & eat morning & evening.

Bulb (Root)Z
General

Oedema

Anti-hydropic

Cook leaves or leaf veins in water & drink.

LeafZ
Haematology

Facial pallor (Z) Anemia (B)

Anti-anaemic (See NOTES 2)

1. Extract juice from bulb (See NOTES 3) & leaves & drink x3/day until pallor disappears. Also add radishes to patient's food. (Z)
2. Eat fresh radish root with meals. (B)

Bulb (Root), LeafZ,B
Haematology

Spleen diseases; when spleen is inflammed causing bloating on left side of abdomen

Anti-inflammatory

Crush seeds to powder + wine vinegar & drink.

SeedZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Diuretic

Diuretic

1. Eat bulb. (See NOTES 3)
2. Steep bulb & leaves in water + parsley for 12 hr; heat liquid & drink instead of water.

Bulb, LeafZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Renal stones; dissolve & excrete them

Anti-lithic

Decoct whole plant in water & drink instead of water.

Whole plant (? aerial parts + root)Z
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary obstruction

Deobstruent

Cook leaves or leaf veins in water & drink.

LeafZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract inflammation/ increase urinary output/ expell kidney stones.

Anti-inflammatory, Anti-lithic, Demulcent, Diuretic

Use Root. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

RootZ
Men`s Health/ Sexuality

Increase virility

Aphrodisiac

1. Crush dried seeds into fine powder, boil in pure bees honey for 30 min over low fire; eat x1 large tablespoon morning & evening.
2. Mix powdered "bazr fajl" (radish seed, Raphanus) + powdered rhizome Alpinia officinarum + "halilaj" (Terminalia chebula) + "jozat el-tib" (nutmeg, Myristica fragrens) + black pepper (Piper nigrum)+ "sangagur" (Scincus scincus: a desert lizard or sand fish) + honey. Prepare a suppository for men or vaginal plug for women.
3. For males only: mix powdered "bazr fajl" (radish/ Raphanus seed) + powdered rhizome Alpinia officinarum + "halilaj" (Terminalia chebula) + "jozat el-tib" (nutmeg, Myristica fragrans) + "bazr el-rashad" (Lepidium sativum ) + honey (after boiling it & removing froth). Eat x1 spoon every day for 4-6 days without making contact with a woman. (See CAUTIONS: This recipe is only good if the man does not have a stomach ulcer).
4. Grind rhizome of Zingiber officinalis + Raphanus sp. mix + honey & eat x1 teaspoon mornings.

SeedZ
Musculoskeletal/ joints

Back pain

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

Grind seeds, wet with water, spread over cloth & apply to back.

SeedZ
Opthalmic

Strengthen eyesight/ eye disturbances/ eye inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Visual health

Squeeze juice from fresh bulb (See NOTES 3) & apply as eye drops.

Bulb (Root)Z
Women`s Health

Excessive menstrual bleeding/ quick cessation of menstruation

Emmenagogue, Haemastatic

Eat powdered seeds every morning for 1 week.

SeedZ
Women`s Health

Regulate menstruation

Emmenagogue

Infuse/ extract seeds & drink extract on empty stomach.

SeedZ

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

1. Use of animal parts (goat`s adrenal) in the recipe for impaired hearing is an historical but long discredited way to treat these problems & is not recommended.
2. For the complaint "facial pallor", the proposed action is described as "nutritive" as radishes are a rich source of nutrients including iron.
3.Raphanus stativus is a root vegetable whose appearence varies considerably according to the variety. In some Z recipes "bulb" is used although the correct description would be root which has been added in brackets..

Raphanus raphanistrum is contraindicated in bile stones because of its cholagogic effect.