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Arum dioscoridis


Arum dioscoridis

(Spotted arum)


Botanical info: 

Spotted arum is an herbaceous plant with perennial rhizome. Leaves sprout during winter growing to 30–60 cm tall followed by the inflorescence (April – May). It grows naturally in phrygana, and low shrublands of the east Mediterranean coasts and the Levante. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Diseases 2: 

        a. For pulmonary disease give from the first day spotted arum with carrot and nettle, white mustard, and rue to drink. 

        b. In the case of dry mouth treat with spotted arum root mixed with honey and oil diluted in vinegar and water. 


Other uses: 

The tubers have been used as food, while for medicinal use should be dug up in autumn, or in early spring, before the leaves are fully developed. If laid in sand in a cellar, they can be preserved in sound condition for nearly a year. When not needed for use in the fresh state, they can be dried slowly in very gentle heat and sliced. The dried slices are reduced to powder and kept in the cool, in stoppered bottles. The fresh root when beaten up with gum, is recommended as a good pill mass, retaining all the medicinal properties.


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