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Arum italicum


Arum italicum

 (Italian arum)


Botanical info

Italian arum is a herbaceous plant with perennial rhizome. Leaves sprout in early spring growing to 30–50 cm tall followed by the inflorescence (April – May). It grows naturally in phrygana, and low shrublands expanding over the North Mediterranean coasts reaching North to central Europe and east to Caucasus. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Ulcers: 

        a. Sprinkle and rub dried Italian arum to extract pus. 

        b. Used in the same way after the application of an ointment for wound healing.

        c. For burns boil Italian arum leaves in wine and oil and rub them above the ointment.  

    b. In Diseases 2: 

        a. For pulmonary abscess roast Italian arum root the size of pea with salt, water and honey and rub the tongue. 

    c. In Diseases of Women 2:

        a. Apply nettle leaves and Italian arum root in linen/woolen fabric for internal use for the treatment of dropsy uterus.


Other uses: 

A homoeopathic tincture is prepared from the plant, and its root, which proves curative in diluted doses for a chronic sore throat with swollen mucous membranes and hoarseness, and likewise for a feverish sore throat. An ointment made by stewing the fresh sliced tuber with lard is stated to be an efficient cure for ringworm, though the fresh sliced tuber applied to the skin produces a blister. The juice of the fresh plant when incorporated with lard has also been applied locally in the treatment of ringworm.


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