Khella

Khella is an old medicinal plant very well documented in Ebers papyrus from ancient Egypt. Its fruit has been used in a lot of treatments and is now taken in food supplement all over the world or also as tea.

Characterisics

Scientific name
Ammi visnaga. 

Other names
Bishop’s wort, toothpick-plant, toothpickweed, bisnaga. 

Used plant parts
Fruit & Seed.

Medicinal properties

Main use: Diuretic.

Healing effects

        • Kidney stones
        • Angina pectoris
        • Asthma
        • Antispasmodic
        • Spastic bronchitis

Application method

        • Orally
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Ammi_visnaga (Wikipedia)

Ammi visnaga
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Apiales
Family:Apiaceae
Genus:Ammi
Species:
A. visnaga
Binomial name
Ammi visnaga
Synonyms

Visnaga daucoides

Ammi visnaga is a species of flowering plant in the carrot family known by many common names, including toothpick-plant, toothpickweed, bisnaga, khella, or sometimes Bishop's weed. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, but it can be found throughout the world as an introduced species. This is an annual or biennial herb growing from a taproot erect to a maximum height near 80 centimeters. Leaves are up to 20 centimeters long and generally oval to triangular in shape but dissected into many small linear to lance-shaped segments. The inflorescence is a compound umbel of white flowers similar to those of other Apiaceae species. The fruit is a compressed oval-shaped body less than 3 millimeters long. This and other Ammi species are sources of khellin, a diuretic extract.

Like its close relative Ammi majus, A. visnaga is commonly seen in gardens where it is grown from seed annually.

Khella (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • kella

Etymology

Borrowed from Arabic خِلَّة(ḵilla).

Noun

khella (uncountable)

  1. The plant Visnaga daucoides (syn. Ammi visnaga).

Synonyms

  • Ammi visnaga; bisnaga, bishop's weed, lesser bishop's weed, toothpick ami, toothpickweed

Derived terms

  • khellin
  • khellol
  • khelloside
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