Ziziphus spina-christi

Ziziphus spina-christi (L.) Desf.

Rhamnaceae

  • Christ's Thorn
  • Christ's Thorn Jujube
  • Nabk Tree
  • دوم
  • سدر
  • نبق
  • dom
  • nabq
  • sidr
  • שֵׁיזָף מָצוּי
  • sheizaf matzuy

Tree

  • Desert
  • Humid habitats
  • Mediterranean grasslands
  • Shrub-steppes
  •  Thermophilous plants
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Ziziphus spina-christi (L.) Desf.

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

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Abscess

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

Grind 300 gm leaves, knead + 1 cup vinegar & apply as paste x2/day.

LeafB
Dermatological

Hair loss

Hair restorer

1. Decoct branches & apply externally by washing hair. (B)
2. Decoct leaves & rinse hair with liquid.

Branch /twig, LeafB, Z
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain

Carminative

Soak fruit & leaves in water for 11 days, boil soaked material, filter & drink x1 cup as needed (+ sugar can be added).

Fruit, LeafB
Gastrointestinal

Constipation

Laxative

Soak fruit & leaves in water for 11 days, boil soaked material, filter & drink x1 cup as needed (+ sugar can be added).

Fruit, LeafB
General

Fever

Anti-pyretic

1. Decoct leaves & drink x3/day.
2. Eat 10-15 fresh leaves as needed.

LeafB
General

Swelling

Anti-hydropic

Prepare compress /formentation (hot poultice) from powdered tree core & apply locally.

WoodZ
Helminth infections

Worms

Anthelmintic, Vermifuge

Soak fruit & leaves in water for 11 days, boil soaked material, filter & drink x1 cup as needed (+sugar can be added).

Fruit, LeafB
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

1. Wash & dry plant roots, grind till powder & apply to teeth as needed.
2. Soak bark in water, boil & use as mouth rinse x1-2/day.

Bark, RootB
Respiratory

Cough

Anti-tussive

Decoct ground fruits + chamomile (Matricaria aurea) + fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) & drink 1 cup x2/day.

FruitB
Surgical/ Trauma

Haemorrhage

Haemostatic

Use powdered tree core. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

WoodZ

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Zizyphus spina-Christi can lower blood sugar therefore caution if on diabetic medication.