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Allium ampeloprasum


Allium ampeloprasum

(Wild leek)


Allium ampeloprasum L. Amaryllidaceae


Botanical info: 

Wild leek is a bulbous biennial plant with leaves sprouting in early spring and flower stalk appearing in the next year the same season reaching almost  180 cm tall flowering mid to late summer. It grows in disturbed ground, meadows, maquis, and phrygana. It is a native of the Mediterranean region. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Regimen 2: 

        a. Wild leek promotes heat but is also diuretic. 

    b. In Nature of Women:

        a. Wild leek poultice for the treatment of uterus pain.

        b. Promoting placenta extraction. 

        c. Wild leek fruit is used for the treatment of hysteria.  

        d. As uterus and bladder painkiller.  

    c. In Diseases of Women 1:

        a. For the prevention of milk stoppage. 

        b. As post-birth purgative. 

    d. In Diseases of Women 2:

        a. For the treatment of uterus bleeding.  


Other uses: 

This species has the same medicinal virtues as garlic, but in a much milder and less effective form. The bulb is said to be anthelmintic, antiasthmatic, anticholesterolemic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vasodilator. The crushed bulb may be applied as a poultice to ease the pain of bites, stings etc. The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects.



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