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Opuntia Ficus Indica

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Published on Feb 11, 2009

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Opuntia ficus-indica is a specie of cactus. It is crop-plant with a high importance in the agriculture
of arid and semiarid parts of the world. Opuntia is farmed mainly as a fruit harvest, but also for the
vegetable nopales and other uses. Most culinary references to the "prickly pear cactus" are citing to
this species. The name "tuna" is also employed for the fruit from this cactus, and for Opuntia
generally (according to Alexander von Humboldt, it was a word with Haitian origin admitted into
the Spanish speech circa 1500AD)
Opuntia has various medicinal uses - including being used as a hangover cure. Lately, extracts for
the cactus pear fruit has demonstrated to have antioxidative attributes and can cause decrease of
DNA damage in human peripheral lymph cells. This extract has become a possible source of raw
material for pharmaceutic and operational food industries. [4]
The shoots of O. ficus-indica have been shown to contain at least some mescaline.
The plant is considered a pest species in parts of the Mediterranean due to its ability to spread
rapidly beyond the zones it was originally cultivated in. In Hebrew, the plant is referred to as
"tzabar."
The flowers and stems are antispasmodic, diuretic and emollient. The split stems have been bound
around injured limbs as a first aid measure. The flowers are astringent and are used to reduce
bleeding and treat problems of the gastro-intestinal tract, especially diarrhoea, colitis and irritable
bowel syndrome. The flowers are also used in the treatment of an enlarged prostate gland.

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