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Poppy Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Papaver Somniferum
Hindi Name
Afeem, Aphin, Khaskhasa
Chinese Name
Ying Su Ke, Ying Su
Homeopathic Name
Opium   -   Mother Tincture

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Poppy Cures


Action of Poppy

Most Effective

Highly Effective

Nutrients in Poppy

Highly Effective

Nature of


Parts Used

Capsules, Flowers, Seeds

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Poppy

Too much Anxiety

Excessive may cause death.

NOTE : Prolonged use may cause severe addiction.
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Poppy is a flowering plant.
The flower petals are red in color.
The petals bear a white cross mark on them.
It may be annual or perennial.
It belong to the Poppy family.
It grows in a tropical climate.
It grows up to 1.5 M.
Best used for Toothache.

In TCM :
Poppy : Su Qiao
Poppy Capsule : Ying Su Ke
Meridians associated : Lung, Kidney and Large Intestine

NOTE: In some places Khus Khus is also known as Vetiver. Be cautious in selecting the correct herb.


Common Names

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Materia Medica for Poppy

Poppy General

Poppy is a flowering plant associated to the Papaveraceae family. It is called Khaskhas in India.
It is an effective remedy in treating Nervous Disorders. It soothes the Brain nerves and provides a relaxing effect. This helps in curing Insomnia.
The presence of Oleic acid makes Poppy an effective remedy against Cancer. It fights the Cancer causing agents and prevents the cells from turning Cancerous. It is a good herbal remedy for Breast Cancer.
It contains Linoleic acid which keeps the Heart health. It reduces the risk of Heart Attack and Heart Diseases.
Poppy seeds act as an Immunity Booster. They improve the energy levels in the body. It helps in oxygenating the Blood and produces bacteria fighting cells.
It is useful in treating Skin Diseases like Eczema, Inflammation and Itching. It is a good moisturizer which keeps the Skin smooth and soft. It clears the Skin and removes the dead cells. A paste made of Poppy seeds, Milk and Lime juice cures Burning Sensation and Itching.
It rinses the Hair and eliminates Dandruff. It activates the Hair follicles and enhances the Hair growth.
Poppy are essential for the growth of new cells. It provides protein to the body that helps in the development of cells.
It promotes Urination and useful in expelling Kidney Stones.
It improves the Insulin production and keeps the Blood glucose levels balanced.
It reduces Cholesterol levels in the blood.
Poppy is high in Dietary Fibers which regulate the bowel movements and cure Constipation. It counters Gastrointestinal Diseases.

Caution: Consult a doctor before consuming it.
Keywords: Heart Attack, Nervous Disorders, Insomnia, Heart Diseases, Skin Diseases, Eczema, Inflammation, Itching, Burning Sensation, Dandruff, Kidney Stones, High Cholesterol, Gastrointestinal Diseases, Constipation.
Single Herb

Poppy for Hair fall

Grind Opium seeds with milk. Apply it over the head.

Poppy for Diarrhea

Take 3 g seed powder of Poppy with warm Milk. Have it once a day.
OR : Powder the roasted seeds of Powder. Take quarter tsp of it with Honey.

Poppy for Insomnia

Take half tsp Poppy seed oil before going to bed at night. Have it thrice a week.

Poppy as Coolant

Grind Poppy seeds to make paste. Consume 2 g of it daily with lukewarm water.

Poppy Seeds for Kidney Stones

Take 4 g Poppy Seeds with warm water. Its regular use stops the formation of Kidney Stones.

Poppy for Dark Circles

Crush seeds of Poppy to make paste. Apply it below the Eyes. Use it regular to get rid of them.

Poppy for Itching

Apply Poppy seed paste over itchy areas.

Poppy ( Afeem ) Seeds for Snoring

Dip one teaspoon of Poppy ( Afeem ) Seeds in water for 5 hours. Chew them with lukewarm milk at night.
Take 3 teaspoons of Poppy seeds and soak them overnight in water. The next morning, grind them to make a fine paste. Consume it daily.

Poppy as an Aphrodisiac

Poppy seeds when smoked increases sexual performance.
Simply put a tablespoon of Poppy seeds in the fire and inhale its smoke.
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Herbal Treatment For Ringworm 3

Make a paste of Vernonia Cinerea, Poppy, Black Cumin, Dry Coconut powder. Apply it for three hours. Wash it off with luke warm water.

Herbal Treatment For Hoarseness 4

Prepare a decoction of Poppy seeds and Caraway seeds by taking them in equal quantity. Gargle with it twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Sore Throat 5

Take the following herbs :
Coconut : Nariyal : Milk : 2 tablespoon
Poppy : Afeem : Seeds : Powder : 1 tablespoon
Honey : Shehad : 2 tablespoon
Mix all ingredients. Have one teaspoon with milk at night.

Herbal Treatment For Amebiasis 1

Take 2 g each of Black Pepper, Asafoetida and Poppy seeds. Grind them to make powder. Divide them in 10 parts. Take 1 pill four times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Dizziness 2

Soak the following herbs in water for half an hour.
1) Wheat - 25-30 grams
2) Poppy seeds- 15-20 grams
3) Almonds - 10-12 Almonds
4) Water Melon seeds - 8-10
Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a pan. Fry 2 cloves in it. Add all the soaked herbs in it. Take 4-5 tablespoon two times a day with milk.

Herbal Treatment For Diarrhea 23

Take following herbs in mentioned quantity
20 g Poppy Seeds
40 g Sugar
10 g Cardamom
10 g Nutmeg
20 g Tragacanth Gum
Grind them to make powder. Take 3 g of the powder after every 3 hours with lukewarm water.

Herbal Treatment For Dizziness 7

Soak the following herbs in water overnight.
1. Almonds – 8
2. Pumpkin Seeds - 8
3. Poppy Seeds – 1 teaspoon
4. Wheat - 3 tablespoons
Grind all the soaked herbs into a fine paste. Heat 1 tablespoon of Ghee. Add one teaspoon of cloves in it and fry. Add the paste along with 100 ml of milk and boil the mixture for 5 minutes. Add sugar to taste.
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Joe calz ( United States arizona )
07 Mar 2016
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14 Mar 2016
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Pradeep ( India )
04 Aug 2016

About advantage of afeem and side effects
24 Aug 2016
This herb is used to cure many diseases like diarrhea, acid reflux, anxiety, body aches. However, if you take it for prolonged time, it causes severe addiction whiich is not good, very hard to get rid off. Taken in excess may even cause death. These are the main side effects :
nausea, constipation, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness. person may even pass out.
22 Jul 2017
Is it helpful in paralysis attack
Tammy ( United States Pennsylvania )
30 Oct 2016
I am trying to come off Suboxone. I have been on it for 9 yrs is there anything that can help me .the traditional way does not work. It's the worst thing I've ever had to overcome. I can't do it. Please help met
12 Feb 2021
Use saraswati leaves make powder and combine with ghee, 2table spoons 2times a day for about 6months. It makes u overcome even opium addiction. And it is healthy physically and also makes ur intellect sharp. All the Best ??
Daljeet cheema ( Punjab )
24 Mar 2017
afeem is good for psoriais patient.?
Santosh Uppal
27 Mar 2017
No. I will not suggest that you try afeem. The best herb for Psoriasis is Babchi.
You can also try Cranberry juice for curing it.
Read the Babchi page given in the herb section of this website.
You will find the way to use it. The herb is very efficient .
Amit sharma ( India / delhi )
15 May 2017
I got a blockage in my leg and had a bypass surgery in my leg the formation of clots happen due to access smoking i would just like to know does afeem help to prevent blood cots and make the blood thin naturally.
Deepak Tharur ( India )
24 May 2017
No. Affem is not the cure for you.
The cure is Garlic.
Buy aged Garlic. I have heard a lot about this form of garlic. It is known as Kyolic.
Drink a cup of Ginger tea every day. Include Omega 6 acids in your daily diet.
Manage your Stress. Get plenty of vitamin D. My brother suffered from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). And you won't believe that he has been totally cured. All thanks to the Herbs. He had to take no blood thinning or anticoagulant drugs. Stay from the smoke and pollution.
28 May 2017
I'm suffering from irregular periods someone tell me to use afeem for balancing hormonal problem. Should I use this?
Veena Mathur ( Pune )
13 Jun 2017
To balance your hormones, take cHASTE bERRY TEA, ONE CUP EVERYDAY FOR A MONTH. Why do you want to take Afeem for that. Have one Dong Quai capsule, daily for a month. Chaste berry will cure your hormonal imbalance problem.
Navneet kaur ( India )
01 Jun 2017
does afeem helps in increasing blood pressure ?
01 Jun 2017
U mean decrease ? Afeem helps in decreasing blood pressure
13 Jun 2017
Afeem is no cure for blood pressure. Do not take it. It will make you addicted to it. Do you suffer from high blood pressure ?
Take Giloy herb.
NADIR ( Pakistan )
20 Jul 2017
I am suffering from hair fall, now i am 25. Is afeem cure from hair fall, or regrow my hair , it's ruin my personality, plz tell help me
Ketan verma ( India )
22 Jul 2017
Is it helpful in paralysis
Adarsh ( India )
03 Sep 2017
Does it is good for runner's or sports persons? And can it be helpful in curing skin disorder like chronic idiopathic urticaria?
24 Oct 2017
i have a several problems like tension headache most of the time i dont know its cause maybe its coz of stomach gaseous problem r cz of stress r anxiety ..i want to get rid of this headache every minute i feel like my head is forced by something and it can not let me free to do my job ,social meeting .etc.
plz help me someone
Mike oatman ( Canada )
25 Jan 2020
Mycosis fungoides .....whats your cure
Peter Starks
27 Jan 2020
Hey Mike. For MYcosis Fungoides, try the following: 1. Yogurt: Take unsweetened Yogurt in your daily diet. Have it two times a day.
2. You can massage with extra virgin Coconut oil. Or Take Tea Tree Essential oil and Olive oil in equal proportion. Apply over affected area. Repeat it 2 times a day.
3. Extract the juice of fresh Cranberries. Drink 1 glass of the unsweetened juice daily for 1 month.
4. Soursop juice, 50 ml daily for a month. Carrot juice 2 glasses daily for 3 months.
Wheatgrass juice, 30 ml every morning on an empty stomach.
15 May 2020
i will try starting from the top down ill let you know how it goes
Jayashree ( Karnataka )
03 Aug 2020
Hi doc is there any cure for hernia. Without surgery. Appreciate the treatment and herbs for cure.
04 Aug 2020
Hi Jayshree. Have you been to Physiotherapist for Hernia?Sometimes it can be taken care of by pushing it inward or by physio method. You can also check with Homeopath for this. Several medicines are available as per the positioning of Hernia.
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