Viscum cruciatum

Viscum cruciatum Sieber ex Boiss.

Santalaceae

  • Red-berry Mistletoe
  • دبق
  • دبق أحمر
  • عناب
  • قثة الحية
  • هدال
  • `innab
  • dibq
  • dibq ahmar
  • hudal
  • qitha el-hayya
  • דִּבְקוֹן הַזַּיִת
  • divqon ha-zayit

Chamaephyte, Parasite

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Viscum cruciatum Sieber ex Boiss.

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

Parts Used

Source
Cancer

Cancer

Anti-carcinogenic

Mix seeds + carrot (Daucus carota) + Vitis vinifera) (part not mentioned) + garlic (Allium sativum) + honey & eat 1 teaspoon x2/day. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS)

SeedB
Cancer

Skin cancer

Anti-carcinogenic

Decoct leaves & stems & use externally in hot compresses or bandages

LeafZ
Cardiovascular

Arteriosclerosis

Anti-atherosclerotic

Decoct leaves & stems in water & drink 1 large tablespoon x3/day. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

Leaf, StemZ
Cardiovascular

High blood pressure (Hypertension)

Hypotensive

1. Decoct leaves & stems & drink x3 small cups/day. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS) (Z)
2. Preparation/ Admin / Plant Part not specified. (B)

Leaf, StemZ, B
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Prevent nosebleeds (epistaxis )

Haemostatic

Decoct leaves & stems & drink x3 cups/day.(TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

Leaf, StemZ
General

Cold injury to feet & fingers in winter

Rubefacient

Add leaf & stems to hot bath taken for 15 min. (Preparation details not specified).

Leaf, StemZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary retention

Deobstruent

Preparation/ Admin / Plant Part not specified.

Not specifiedB

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The leaves, stems & berries of Viscum cruciatum (Miseltoe) are toxic when taken orally. They contain gastric-irritating alkaloids, cardiac toxins (viscotoxins, phoratoxins) & lectins. Eating small amounts can cause Gastrointestinal symptoms including pain, nausea, vomiting & diarrhea. Large ingestion can cause seizures, hypertension & cardiac arrest. Miseltoe can also cause abortion.