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In the 16th century the fruits of the black mulberry tree (morus nigra) and its secretions were all used for medicinal purposes: the fruits were used for inflammations and to stop bleeding and the secretions for dental pains. The leaves were used against snakebites. Although mulberry has disappeared from European medical materials, the white variety (morus alba) is still widely used in China for coughs, congestions and high blood pressure.

The black or white mulberry fruits could be turned into a tincture, mixed with other herbs, or could be eaten fresh to fortify the blood. The fruits could also be heated and the liquid that is produced is taken as a gargle for lesions of the mouth and throat infections.

The leaves of the mulberry tree could be turned into an infusion for treating chills. The addition of fresh mint leaves makes the infusion more potent. The boiled leaves are also indicated for coughs and congestion.

Pieces of branches of the mulberry tree are also boiled in water and taken against rheumatoid lung pains.

The secretions of the trunk of the mulberry tree could be mixed with water and the liquid taken for lung infections and asthma and also as a diuretic. It is equally beneficial for treating oedema.

Persons who suffer from diarrhoea should avoid eating large quantities of fresh mulberries.

This Week in Palestine
June 2007

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