Peganum Harmala (Aspand) Intoxication; a Case Report

Emerg (Tehran). 2016 Spring;4(2):106-7.


There are several reports in the literature indicating a great variety of pharmacological effects for peganum harmala or aspand such as sedative anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal. Some people believe that can be used for treatment of some organic or psychiatric disorders. We introduce a woman with history of long time constipation that was disappointed in novel medical treatment and decided to use comminuted Aspand to relieve her problem. Two hours after use, the intoxication symptoms manifested as blurred vision, phonophobia, floating feeling, and tinnitus ringing. Here we report the treatment process and outcome of this case.

Keywords: Peganum; emergency department; harmine; poisoning.

Publication types

  • Case Reports