Cynara syriaca

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Cynara syriaca Boiss.

Asteracea (Compositae)

  • Syrian Wild Artichoke
  • kharshuf barri خرشوف بري
  • khub خوب
  • qinras suri
  •  קִנְרָס


  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Cynara syriaca Boiss.

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones & sand


1. Kidney stones: Soak stems & inflorescence in water & drink.
2. Kidney sand: Cook root in water + Alhagi maurorum root & drink.

Inflorescence, Root, Stem Z

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Z refers to additional published sources of information on Cynara syriaca (Crowfoot & Baldenberger, 1932; p. 39; Theophrastos Enquiry VI, 4, 11). Z writes that this magnificent plant with its tall stems & large thistle-like heads of blue flowers is the origin of cultivated cardoons (globe thistles) & globe artichokes. Z also notes that the name artichoke is said to come from its Arabic name "karshuf".


Cynara syriaca can cause allergic symptoms if sensitive to artichokes