Medicinal plants of Northern and Central Oman (Arabia)


The use of medicinal herbs in northern and central Oman (Arabia) is still common today. Plants known for their curative powers are used for a wide spectrum of diseases, from common cold and fever to paralysis and diabetes. Herbal medicines are dispensed, after “diagnosis” from a herbal healer. The detailed uses of 35 native and 21 cultivated plants and their chemical composition are given.

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Ghazanfar, S.A., Al-Al-Sabahi, A.M. Medicinal plants of Northern and Central Oman (Arabia). Econ Bot 47, 89–98 (1993).

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Key Words

  • medicinal plants
  • herbal medicine
  • Oman
  • Arabia
  • Graeco-Arab medicine
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