Physalis Alkekengi

Scientific Name: Physalis Alkekengi L.
English Name: Alkekengi
Other Names in English: Ground Cherry, Winter Cherry, Chinese Lanternplant
Family: Solanaceae

Product Details

Health Benefits

Temperament: Cold and dry
In India, Alkekengi plant is used as a diuretic and anti-parasite for stomach and intestinal parasites, to relieve urinary tract and bladder disorders, and in external use to relieve skin disorders. Its leaves are also diuretic.

In China, its leaves, stems, and roots are used as a febrifuge for children, according to the famous book of traditional Chinese medicine “Pentsao”. The fruit has diuretic and chest emollient effects, and the seeds inside the fruit are used to facilitate childbirth. The leaves or burnt charcoal fruit mixed with oil are rubbed on the pimple and furuncle. In the Malay Peninsula the plant is mainly used as a poultice. The fruit and leaves of its mountain species are narcotic and soporific, and its consumption is one-fifth of plain Alkekengi. And if eaten more, it causes poisoning and confusion and insanity.

Its fruit extract is very useful for healing chronic ear wounds, and is useful for relieving shortness of breath, quenching thirst, difficulty breathing, expelling yellow bile, expelling stomach worms and tapeworms, and eliminating kidney and bladder diseases, and healing its wounds. It is very good for the liver and if 5 grams of its fruit extract is eaten daily for a while, it is very useful for jaundice. It is diuretic. It is known that if a woman eats seven fruits after her period, it is very effective in preventing pregnancy. Note that because it is strongly narcotic, its consumption should be under the supervision of the doctor. One of the famous doctors of traditional Persian medicine has said that if you mix 25 grams of its dried fruits with 25 grams of Artemisia Cina Berg. or Artemisia Persica Boiss., grind and eat it, it will expel stomach worms and tapeworms. Rubbing its extract on swellings, hemorrhoids and wounds is very useful to reduce them. In order to eliminate its narcotic effects, it is better to eat it with Goleghand.


Alkekengi is a perennial plant that is not very tall and is usually less than 70 cm. The stem is angled, the bark is slightly red, the leaves are dark green, uneven, pointed, and broad oval with a relatively long petiole that attaches to the stem. The flowers are solitary, reddish-white, appearing in summer. The fruit is red, in the shape and size of a cherry, in a spherical pod. The color of the pod first turns green and then red. Inside the fruit are small white seeds. This plant loves calcareous soils. It can be propagated by sowing its seeds in autumn or spring.

Chemical Constituents

steroids, flavonoids, phenylpropanoids, alkaloids, nucleosides, terpenoids, megastigmane, aliphatic derivatives, organic acids, coumarins, and sucrose esters. Steroids, particularly physalins and flavonoids

Medical disclaimer

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