Persicaria acuminata

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Persicaria acuminata (Kunth) M.Gómez


  • Polygonum acuminatum Kunth
  • Smartweed
  • Tapertip
  • dwirat el-na'na' el-barri دويرات النعنع البري
  • arkubit mekhudedet
  • אַרְכֻּבִּית מְחֻדֶּדֶת


  • Humid habitats
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Persicaria acuminata (Kunth) M.Gómez

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used

Cold feet in winter


Insert plant into shoes & walk all day.

Aerial parts Z

Asthma/ cough

Anti-asthmatic, Anti-tussive

Decoct plant in water, cool, filter & drink 1 cup x3/day or inhale steam from decoction x2/day.

Aerial parts Z

Cold/ runny nose

Anti-Infective, Anti-catarrhal

Decoct plant in water, cool, filter & drink 1 cup x3/day.

Aerial parts Z

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Persicaria (formally Polygonum) genus has species that may contain steroidal saponins. Although formerly thought to contain cardiac glycosides, recent studies have not confirmed their presence. Some members of this genus can cause photosensitivity in susceptible people. Many species also contain oxalic acid causing kidney stones & imparing uptake of calcium. Overdose of some species can cause diarrhea, nausea & gastric upset.