Rubia tinctorum

Rubia tinctorum L. L.

Rubiaceae

  • Dyer`s Madder
  • Madder
  • فوة
  • fuwwa
  • פּוּאַת הַצַּבָּעִים
  • pu'at ha-tzaba'im

Climber, Phanerophyte shrub

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Rubia tinctorum L. L.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Skin diseases & inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Decoct root + stipes, mix + vinegar & spread over affected skin.

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Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Nosebleed

Haemostatic

Decoct root + stipes (see NOTES 1) in water & drink x3 tablespoons/day.

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Gastrointestinal

Jaundice

Hepatic

Decoct root + stipes in water & drink x3 cups/day.

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Gastrointestinal

Liver cleanser

Hepatic

Cook root in water & drink.

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Haematology

Spleen cleanser

Depurative

Cook root in water & drink.

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Infectious Diseases

Leprosy

Anti-Infective

Use root + vinegar. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

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Kidney & Urinary Tract

Increases urine output until color looks like blood (See NOTES 1)

Diuretic

Cook root in water & drink until "there is much blood in the urine" (see NOTES 1).

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Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

Decoct root & drink x1 cup/day.

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Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain in muscles/ joints

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

1. Cook root in water & drink.
2. Decoct root + stipes (See NOTES 2) & drink or use externally as paste to massage affected area.

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Women`s Health

Excessive menstrual bleeding

Emmenagogue, Haemostatic

Decoct root in water & drink x3 small cups/day.

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Women`s Health

Uterine Inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Cook root + stipes in water +"tya" (Ferula asa-foetida) + chamomile. (Admin. not specified.)

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Women`s Health

Uterine rinse (washout)

Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic

Cook root + chamomile in water. (Admin. not specified.)

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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

Rubia tinctorium is most well known for the vegetable red dye produced from its roots. It has been used since antiquity for dying leather, wool, cotton and silk. 1. In some preparations when Rubia tinctorium is taken orally it appears to cause "blood in the urine". This is due to the red dye it contains.
2. Several preparations for Rubia tinctorium use "stipes". In flowering plants these are stalks supporting some other structure e.g. a flower`s ovary.

Rubia tinctorium contains lucidin (1,2,3-hydroxy anthraquinone) which has genotoxic and prabably carcinogenic activity particularly to liver & kidney. Not recommended for oral use.