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Official name : Withania somnifera (L.) Dun.
Family : Solanaceae
Synonyms : Physalis somnifera L.

96 reference(s) related to this plant

Reference B5 Nord
Author(s) : Boulos, L.
Title : Medicinal plants of North Africa. Reference Publications, Inc., 218 St. Clair River Drive, Box 344, Algonac, Michigan 48001, 286p. , (1983)
Symptoms : H(006), H(007), H(013), H(033), H(048), H(051), H(055), H(091), H(092), H(099), H(100), H(104), H(108), H(113), H(137), H(210)
Recipes : Plant narcotic, employed against H(033) women's sterility, H(099) anti-epileptic, hypotonic, H(104) stomachache,H(013) ulcers, H(108),H(013) colds, rashes, H(100) gonorrhoea
H(113) roots used for treatment of rheumatic pains
H(210) hypotonic, calmative
H(033) dried powdered roots taken in small doses by women for sterility
H(051) leaves and fruits febrifuge, H(007) diuretic, H(113)antirheumatic
H(006) berries mild laxative
seeds H(137) toxic, H(055) emetic, H(007) diuretic, H(137) anesthetic..
Region : North Africa
Country : Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocoo, Tunisia
Vernacular name : ben nour, abeb, semm el-far, ferkai; sekran ; ‘Inab el-ta’(eb ; ‘aneb ed-dib; semm el-firakh, foqqish, sharma (Arabic), foulet el-kalb , fruit: morgan (Zafwa) terroumt; faraorao ; bousidan ; lahu, bellehu (Berber), rennet (English), coqueret somnifère (local French)
Reference B6 Nord
Author(s) : Bellakhdar, J.
Title : La pharmacopée marocaine traditionnelle: Médecine arabe ancienne et savoirs populaires. Ibis Press, 764 p. (1997)
Symptoms : H(006), H(007), H(099), H(137), H(175), H(210)
Recipes : H(099), H(137), H(210) narcotic, berries, roots powder, seeds, RNS
H(137) + H(175), leaves cataplasm
H(006), H(007), berries, seeds, RNS.
Region : North Africa
Country : Moroco
Vernacular name : habb el-lhû, lahû, bellehû, sikrân, 'iineb ed-dib (Moroco), coqueret somnifère (local French)
Reference HA 1k
Author(s) : Ainslie, J.R.
Title : A list of plants used in native medicine in Nigeria. Imperial Forestry Institute.University of Oxford, Institute Paper, n° 7, (1937)
Symptoms : H(007), H(013), H(051), H(091), H(099)
Recipes : H(007), roots, RNS.
H(013) , pounded leaves + oil, compress
H(051), H(091), leaves infusion
H(099), leaves and roots, internal and external use
Region : West Africa
Country : Nigeria
Vernacular name : karama-auta
Reference HA 20
Author(s) : Adjanohoun et al.
Title : Contribution to ethnobotanical and floristic studies in Uganda. O.U.A./C.S.T.R., Lagos (1993) From the data bank PHARMEL 2 (ref. HP 10)
Symptoms : H(113), H(112)
Recipes : H(013) back abscess, leaves of Withania somnifera, powder, to dilute (H2O), VO.
H(068) oxyure, leaves of Whihania somnifera of Chenopodium ambrosoides, maceration (H2O), VO.
H(112), barks of the underground part of Whthania., to pound, to dilute (H2O), to filter, VO.
Region : East Africa
Country : Uganda
Vernacular name : not registered
Reference HA 29 d
Author(s) : M. Ichikawa
Title : The Suiei Ndorobo, the hunter-gatherers in the Mathew's Range of northern Kenya in : AFLORA on the Web ( The database of traditional plant utilization in AfricaCenter for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Symptoms : H(001), H(109), H(113)
Recipes : H(001), fruit soaked in water and the decoction is applied to eye diseases
H(109), H(113), root soaked or boiled in water and used as medicine for backache and joint pain
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya (Northern)
Vernacular name : lekuru (Dorobo) (Suiei)
Reference HA 55
Author(s) : Avigdor, E., H Wohlmuth, Z. Asfaw, T. Awas
Title : The current status of knowledge of herbal medicine and medicinal plants in Fiche, Ethiopia Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine , 10:38 (2014)
Symptoms : H(091), H(104), H(201)
Recipes : H(104) unexplained stomach ache (megagna), root of Withania somnifera is peeled then used as a fumigant by burning it and inhaling the smoke
H(201) bad spirits (satan beshita), H(201) evil eye (buda) , H(091) adaptogen: whole system
Region : East Africa
Country : Ethiopia (City of Fiche, Oromia region)
Vernacular name : gizawa
Reference HA 63
Author(s) : Abera B.
Title : Medicinal plants used in traditional medicine by Oromo people, Ghimbi District, Southwest Ethiopia Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine,10:40 (2014)
Symptoms : H(051)
Recipes : H(051) paludism, leaf of Withania somnifera is powdered, juiced and VO. for 4 day
Region : East Africa
Country : Southwest Ethiopia
Vernacular name : kumo (Oromo)
Reference HB 01
Author(s) : Baerts, M. & J. Lehmann
Title : Guérisseurs et plantes médicinales de la région des crêtes Zaïre-Nil au Burundi. Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, Tervuren, Belgique.Ann. Sc. Eco., Vol. 18, 214 p., (1989) From the data bank PHARMEL 2 (ref. HP 10)
Symptoms : H(008), H(014), H(053), H(077), H(201)
Recipes : H(008) new born, H(077) (during the milking period), leaves of Whithania., decoction (H2O), VO., enema
H(014) dermatosis, leaves of Whithania., decoction (H2O), VO., bath
H(053) otitis, leaves of Whithania., juice, drops in ears
H(201, 2) psychosis, leaves of Whithania., decoction (H2O), VO.
H(201), stems with leaves of Brillantaisia cicatricosa of Whithania somnifera, leaves of Solanum aculeastrun… var. albifolium of Helichrysum odoratissimum of Triumfetta cordifolia, juice, VO.
H(201) psychosis, again bad spirits, leaves of Chenopodium ugandae of Whithania somnifera, decoction (H2O), enema
H(201) psychosis, again bad spirits, leaves of Chenopodium ugandae of Periploca linearifolia of Whithania somnifera, barks stem, branche, trunk of Polyscias fulva, decoction (H2O), VO.
Region : Central Africa
Country : Burundi (Zaïre-Nil ridge region)
Vernacular name : umusendabazimu (Kirundi)
Reference HB 08
Author(s) : Bally, P.R.O.
Title : Native medicinal and poisonous plants of East Africa. Kew Bull., 1, 10 - 25, (1937)
Symptoms : H(112), H(139)
Recipes : H(112), roots, RNS.
H(139), roots, RNS.
Region : East Africa
Country : East Africa
Vernacular name : not registered
Reference HB 2k
Author(s) : Bebawi, F. F. & L. Neugebohrn
Title : A review of plants of Northern Sudan with special reference to their Uses. Published by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, Postfach 5180, D-6236 Eschborn, Federal Republic of Germany, 296 p., (1991) Distributed by: D-6101 Rossdorf, Federal Republic of Germany.
Symptoms : H(007)
Recipes : H(007), the root has tonic and diuretic proprerties
Region : East Africa
Country : Sudan
Vernacular name : not registered
Reference HB 48
Author(s) : Bussmann Rainer, W., P.Swartzinsky, W. Aserat & P.Evangelista
Title : Plant use in Odo-Bulu and Demaro, Bale Region, Ethiopia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine , 7:28 (2011)
Symptoms : H(104), H(201)
Recipes : H(104), roots of Withania somnifera are smashed or chewed like a carrot to treat stomach problems.
H(201) the leaves are burnt as incense as spiritual medicine.
Region : East Africa
Country : Ethiopia (Odo-Bulu and Demaro, Bale Mountains Region)
Vernacular name : unso
Reference HB 53
Author(s) : Belayneh, A. Asfaw, S. Demissew, N. F. Bussa
Title : Medicinal plants potential and use by pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Erer Valley of Babile Wereda, Eastern Ethiopia Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 8:42 ( 2012)
Symptoms :
Recipes : H(201) evil eye, dried branches with leaves of Withania somnifera, smoke bath
Region : East Africa
Country : Eastern Ethiopia) (Erer Valley of Babile Wereda)
Vernacular name : hidi gudeye (Oromo), guryo-fan (Somali)
Reference HC 31
Author(s) : Chekole, G., Z. Asfaw, E. Kelbessa
Title : Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants in the environs of Tara-gedam and Amba remnant forests of Libo Kemkem District, northwest Ethiopia Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 11:4 (2015)
Symptoms : H(037), H(068), H(091), H(201)
Recipes : H(037) cough, fresh leaves of Withania somnifera, écraser and boil with milk then drink
H(068) tape worm, H(000) babies disease, dried fresh leaves, fumigate in a closed fashion
H(091) impotency, racines fraîches, VO. the concoction with honey
H(201) evil eye & evil sprit, dries fresh leaves, roots, écraser and drink with water or fumigate with the fume
Region : East Africa
Country : Northwest Ethiopia
Vernacular name : giziewa (Amharic)
Reference HD 07
Author(s) : Durand, J.M.
Title : Les plantes bienfaisantes du Ruanda et de l'Urundi. Astrida, Groupe scolaire, 89 p., (1960)
Symptoms : H(051)
Recipes : H(051) paludism. (fever) (ubuganga, amaseke), crushed bark of rootsof Withania somnifera + H2O, filter, VO., 2 tablespoons Plant names from the work of Durand have been encoded from Kinyarwanda names. Confusions are possible.
Region : Central Africa
Country : Rwanda
Vernacular name : umuhire (Kinyarwanda)
Reference HD 12c
Author(s) : Desta, B.
Title : Ethiopian traditional herbal drugs.Part III: Anti-fertility activity of 70 medicinal plants. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 44, pp. 199 - 209, (1994)
Symptoms : H(112)
Recipes : H(112) abortion or prevention pregnacy, leaves + honey, VO.
Region : East Africa
Country : Ethiopia
Vernacular name : gizewa
Reference HD 27
Author(s) : Dold, A.P. & M.L. Cocks
Title : The medicinal use of some weeds, problem and alien plants in the Grahamstown and Peddie districts of the Eastern Cape, South Africa South African Journal of Science 96 , 467– 473. (2000)
Symptoms : H(037)
Recipes : H(037) coughing, raw soft piece of wood of Withania somnifera is chewed but not swallowed
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (Grahamstowm & Peddie districts)
Vernacular name : ubuvimba
Reference HD 29
Author(s) : de Wet, H. , S.Nciki, S.F. van Vuuren
Title : Medicinal plants used for the treatment of various skin disorders by a rural community in northern Maputaland, South Africa Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine , 9:51, (2013) doi:10.1186/1746-4269-9-51 + Additional file 1
Symptoms : H(182)
Recipes : H(182) shingles,, dried root of Withania somnifera is incinerated and the ash is mixed with oil or Vaseline and applied to shingles, twice a day for two weeks. Alternatively grounded roots are boiled in 1 L of water and 1 table spoon of the decoction is taken by adults three times a day for two weeks
(registered from references HD 29 and HD 29_supl )
Region : South Africa
Country : South Africa (northern Maputaland)
Vernacular name : ubuvhimba
Reference HD 38
Author(s) : Daruty, C. (Dr)
Title : Plantes Médicinales de l'Ile Maurice et des Pays Intertropicaux (p. 215) General Steam Printing Company, 6, rue du Gouvernement - Maurice (1886)
Symptoms : H(007), H(013), H(037), H(038), H(091), H(113), H(139), H(201)
Recipes : H(038) chronic cystitis, catarrh bladder, decoction of 60 gr of roots and stems of Withania somnifera (poque poque sauvage) of 60 gr of Sarcostemma viminale (lianne sans feuilles) + 1 l H2O VO. in 24 h
H(013) ulcers, anthrax, H(113) acute rheumatism, paste of roots and of leaves of Withania somnifera (poque-poque sauvage) as a poultice: for ulcers, pulping with a little H2O the roots and leaves
Withania somnifera used also for the treatment of : H(007) depurative, H(037) consumption, H(091) tonic, H(139) impotence, H(139) aphrodisiac, H(201) debility children
Region : Mauritius
Country : Mauritius
Vernacular name : poque-poque sauvage (Creole) , amkoulang kalangon (Tamoul)
Reference HF 10
Author(s) : Fumba, G
Title : Plantes médicinales antivenimeuse du Burundi Ministère du plan burundais (1983) lmprimerie S.A. LES PRESSES DE L'AVENIR , 42, rue des Déportés, 6700 Arlon {Belgique)
Symptoms : H(020)
Recipes : H(020) snake bite, dry leaves of Ziziphus abyssinica of Withania somnifera of Chenopodium opulifolium of Asparagus africanus of Periploca linearifolia carbonized them to make a fine ash that we rub on scarifications around the bite
Region : Central Africa
Country : Burundi
Vernacular name : umusendabazimu (Kirundi)
Reference HG 02
Author(s) : Glover, P.E., J. Stewart & M.D. Gwynne
Title : Masai and Kipsigis notes on East african plants, Part III - Medicinal uses of plants. East African agricultural and forestry journal, 32, 2, 200 - 207, (1966)
Symptoms : H(100), H(104), H(113)
Recipes : H(100) gono., roots of Withania somnifera, decoction, VO.
H(113), hot leaves, local application
H(104) stomach, roots, decoction, VO.
Region : East Africa
Country : Kenya
Vernacular name : not registered