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J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2006 Apr 3;2:18.

Wild Allium species (Alliaceae) used in folk medicine of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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Philipps-Universität Marburg, Institut für Pharmazeutische Chemie, Marbacher Weg 6, D-35032, Marburg. keusgen@staff.uni-marburg.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hitherto available sources from literature mentioned several wild growing Allium species as "edible" or "medicinally used" but without any further specification.

METHODS:

New data were gained during recent research missions: Allium plants were collected and shown to the local population which was asked for names and usage of these plants.

RESULTS:

Information was collected about current medical applications of sixteen wild species, nine of which belong to different sections of Allium subgenus Melanocrommyum. These plants are used against headache, cold, and stomach problems, and are mostly applied fresh or after boiling.

CONCLUSION:

Close taxonomic relatives of the common onion were used similar to cultivated onion species, but medical use like garlic was mostly reported for species taxonomically not related to garlic.

PMID:
16584547
PMCID:
PMC1464120
DOI:
10.1186/1746-4269-2-18
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