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Ethnobotanical studies of Sarcopoterium spinosum in Israel

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An ethnobotanical survey was conducted in Israel on native plants that are known to be medicinal plants. These plants have been used by different ethnic groups practicing traditional medicine. In this work the emphasis is on the uses and traditions involving the plant Sarcopoterium spinosum, which is called in Hebrew "sira kotzanit". The plant is very popular among healers and the roots are used for the treatment of diabetes (major medicinal use!), toothaches, digestive problems, inflammation, and pain. The findings are reviewed and compared with the current literature.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Genetic Resources and Seed Research, Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center

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