Solanaceae as medicinal plants in Israel

A. Dafni, Z. Yaniv

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In a recent survey, 106 local healers in Israel were interviewed concerning the use of Solanaceae as medicinal plants. The main findings reveal that: (a) only four species (Lycium europeaum, Solatium nigrum, Hyoscyamus aureus, Hyoscyamus albus) are extensively used today; (b) the use of some traditional plants has been almost abandoned (Datura spp., Mandragora autumnalis, Withania somnifera); (c) today all the plants are applied externally, they are rarely used as narcotics; (d) most use of these plants is local, only in a few cases is a uniform use found throughout the whole country, and in all ethnic groups; (e) the extensive distribution of modern, safe narcotics, sedatives and anaesthetics has reduced the use of the Solanaceae for these purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1994


  • Medicinal plants
  • Middle East
  • Solanaceae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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