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