Rhamnus lycioides

Rhamnus lycioides subsp. graeca (Boiss. & Reut.) Tutin


  • Rhamnus palaestina Boiss.
  • Palestine Buckthorn
  • sweid falastini سويد فلسطيني
  • אֶשְׁחָר אֶרֶץ-יִשְׂרְאֵלִי
  • eshkhar eretz-isre'eli

Phanerophyte shrub

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Rhamnus lycioides subsp. graeca (Boiss. & Reut.) Tutin

Medicinal Complaints / Uses
System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used Source


Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Cook root in water + garlic + yeast & drink.

Root Z
Wound Healing



Grind roasted leaves, mix + olive oil & spread over burn.

Leaf Z

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Fresh bark of Rhamnus lycioides contains free anthrones which are irritating to the gastrointestinal system. Fruit contains anthranoid laxatives contraindicated in bowel obstruction & acute bowel inflammation e.g Crohn`s disease, appendicitis, colitis. etc.