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CHITRAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

Local Practice:

The young branches of somani are collected, chopped and boiled in water and after, by crushing the branches a thin reddish/brown juice is extracted known as goya. The goya is then applied locally to people with aching backs (zahdan). Goya is also considered very effective for O khoik (oedema). The golja is also used, especially by girls in the spring, as a puru, a sun block, to retain a white skin thought attractive. The branches of somani are also burnt and the ash is mixed with ground tobacco, pounded together and made into naswar (snuff). 

Local Name Somani
Botanical Name Ephedra gerardiana
Part used Young branches
Locally used for Zehdan (lumbago), 0 Khoik (oedema), white skin and Naswar (snuff)