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Bashir, Anbreen [1].

Ethnobiology of Peganum Harmala.

Ethnobiology of Peganum harmala Peganum harmala also called Isbandh in Kashmiri language is a herb that grows at an elevation of 300-2400 m. The herb was traditionally used an emmenagogue and an abortifacient. The seeds of the herb contain beta-carboline alkaloids (harmine, harmol, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine) which stimulate the CNS by inhibiting the metabolism of amine neurotransmitters. Intoxication has been reported after ingestion of an infusion of Peganum harmala seeds resulting in neurological, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular symptoms including death. Peganum is a big part of the cultural and socio-religious practices in Kashmir. The burning of Peganum seeds in Kangris (hot fire pots) and copper isbandh burners is an essential part of majority of the cultural practices indicating happy gatherings, religious events and more. There apparently has been no mention of any sort of toxicity of Peganum in the cultural practices which can be detrimental to the well-being of people who use the herb more often. Our goal was to study the extensive uses of Peganum harmala and to check the general awareness of the public about the intoxication effects of the herb. Our study was based on questionnaires and literature review. Our preliminary results indicated that ninety percent of the people only knew about the benefits of the herb.

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Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Number: PRT013
Abstract ID:1294
Candidate for Awards:None

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