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Acute Poisoning With Peganum Harmala, Esfand: A Rare Case Report

Zahra Ataee, Bita Dadpour, Fares Najari, Mehran Rahimpour, Dorsa Najari




Peganum harmala, is a plant of the family Nitrariaceae with small seeds, traditionally used to induce abortion and menstruation. It also has pharmacological properties such as lowering blood glucose, as well as analgesic, anti-cancer, antibacterial and antifungal effects. The current report presents a rare case of a middle-aged female referring to Clinical Toxicology Service with the history of drinking a glass of boiled Esfand seeds, in order to reduce blood sugar, and complaining of nausea, abdominal pain, general weakness, dizziness, and several vomiting episodes. 


Zygophyllaceae, Harmaline, Triterpenes, Poisoning


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/ijmtfm.v8i3(Summer).22342