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Cydonia oblonga


Cydonia oblonga

(Quince)


Botanical info: 

Quince is a deciduous, multi-stemmed small tree or large shrub that grows 5 to 8 m high, and features crooked branches clad with broad-ovate to broad-elliptic pale green leaves that are gray-hairy below. Quince is primarily grown today for fruit production or as a dwarfing pear rootstock. It is native to rocky slopes and woodland margins in the Trans-Caucasus region.


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Regimen 2:

        a. Quinces are astringents and non-secretive. 

    b. In Diseases 3:

        a. Quinces are considered as cooling agents for the treatment of fevers. 

    c. In Diseases of Women 1:

        a. Quince is used for the preparation of a decoction against dysentery.  


Other uses: 

A syrup prepared from the fruit may be used as agrateful addition to drinks in sickness, especially in looseness of the bowels, which it is said to restrain by its astringency. The seeds may be used medicinally for the sake of the mucilage they yield. When soaked in water they swell up and form a mucilaginous mass. This mucilage is analogous to, and has the same properties as, that which is formed from the seeds of the flax - linseed. 


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