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Zizyphus nummularia (fruit)

Zizyphus nummularia (fruit)
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Copyright: Nirmal Roberts (nirmalroberts) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 64 N: 705] (2857)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, Fujinon f=6.2-66.7(28-300)mm 1:2.8-4.9, Marumi 58mm UV Haze
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/210 seconds
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Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-15 0:53
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Zizyphus nummularia.
Common name: Jujube.
Common Hindi name: Jharberi.
Plant: Thorny shrub.
Zizyphus is beneficial in the treatment of mental retardation. A handful of the try fruit is boiled in half a litre of water till it is reduced to half. Sugar or honey can be added to taste and given daily at night before retiring. It increases the functioning of the brain by releasing more glutamic acid into the bloodstream. Zizyphus is useful in preventing frequent attacks of colds and influenza. The bark can be used for treating diarrhoea, dysentery and colic. The infusion of the inner covering of the bark is used as a purgative in constipation. (www.ayurvedam.com).
Leaf paste is applied on boils and scabies. (A.K.Singh et al: Medical ethnobotany of the tribals of Sonaghati of Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh, India).
Jujube is both a delicious fruit and an effective herbal remedy. It aids weight gain, improves muscular strength and increases stamina. In Chinese medicine it is prescribed as a tonic to strengthen liver function. Japanese research has shown that jujube increases immune-system resistance. Antidote, diuretic, emollient, expectorant. The dried fruits contain saponins, triterpenoids and alkaloids. They are anodyne, anticancer, pectoral, refrigerant, sedative, stomachic, styptic and tonic. They are considered to purify the blood and aid digestion. They are used internally in the treatment of a range of conditions including chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, pharyngitis, bronchitis, anaemia, irritability and hysteria. The seed contains a number of medically active compounds including saponins, triterpenes, flavonoids and alkaloids. It is hypnotic, narcotic, sedative, stomachic and tonic. It is used internally in the treatment of palpitations, insomnia, nervous exhaustion, night sweats and excessive perspiration. The root is used in the treatment of dyspepsia. A decoction of the root has been used in the treatment of fevers. The root is made into a powder and applied to old wounds and ulcers. The leaves are astringent and febrifuge. They are said to promote the growth of hair. They are used to form a plaster in the treatment of strangury. The plant is a folk remedy for anaemia, hypertonia, nephritis and nervous diseases. The plant is widely used in China as a treatment for burns.
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A lovely shot, Nirmal...And the note is very informative...Proud to be your neighbour!

Hello Nirmal, perfect close up to these fruits. Wonderful BG. TFS. Greetings from Turkey,


Hi Nirmal, what a perfect macro of these Zizyphus fruits. In Cyprus we eats when they ripe. Its local name in there is "Gonnoro":) Many tanks for sharing this one my friend!


Hello Nirmal,
very nice shot with good educative note,in marathi we called it karawand,we also eats when they ripe,its very very testy,may,june is the right season for riped fruits.
well done.

thank you for sharing this, really interesting to see both flowers and fruits, Ori

Hi Nirmal,

A very nice shot of these fruit, a very interesting note. You are quite the expert on medicinal plants of your region!


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-07-08 5:23]

Excellent presentation of this beautiful and useful plant. We have zizyphus jujuba here in Turkey which has very fragrant flowers and it has similar usage too.

Thanks for sharing.

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