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(Pomegranate family)


Two species in one genus are found from south-eastern Europe to the Himalayas and on the island of Socotra.

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Punica granatum L.

The flowers are astringent and have styptic properties. If dried, pulverised, mixed with iron and taken for a year they cause the hair to turn white (Stuart 1911). In NW Moroccan traditional medicine, a decoction of leaf is used externally to treat eczema (Merzouki et al. 2000).


  • Merzouki A, Ed-derfoufi F, Molero Mesa J (2000) Contribution to the knowledge of Rifian traditional medicine. II: Folk medicine in Ksar Lakbir district (NW Morocco). Fitoterapia 71(3): 278-307 [doi] [url] [pmid]
  • Stuart GA (1911) Chinese Materia Medica. Vegetable Kingdom. Extensively revised from Dr. F. Porter Smith's work. Shanghai: American Presbyterian Mission Press [doi] [WorldCat] [url] [url-2]

Richard J. Schmidt

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