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Herbal medicine
An Arabian shrub, the leaves of which have a high content of khellin, which is diuretic and broncho- and vasodilatory; it was used in the past to treat angina pectoris, asthma and kidney stones, but is rarely used by modern Western herbologists given its toxicity.

Toxic effects
Nausea, vomiting.

khella (khelˑ·l),

n Latin name:
Ammi visnaga; parts used: fruit, roots, seeds; uses: angina, cramps, colic, allergies, asthma, diabetes, cholesterol; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; patients with liver conditions, severe heart conditions, bleeding disorders, or hypotension. Also called
ammi, bishop's weed, khellin, or