My problem is that I know only Maltese name for it. When I tried to find out assotiative Russian common name for it (камнеломка???), web search told me it's Saxifraceae. Weber's book says it is Micromeria microphylla (saturea microphylla) and English common name for it is Maltese savory. Where is the truth? And how does xkattapietra looks like. My father-in-law says that he has collected it in Wied Babu.
If anyone knows any medical advice/suggestions regarding [kattapietra vs nephrolithiasis and can share them with me my friend and I would greatly appreciate it.
Svetlana Vella A.
Maltese name: Xpakkapjetra (=Stone breaker when translated directly to english)
Italian Name: Spacca Pietra
English Name: Maltese Savory
Habitat: Garigue, common to be found growing from bare rocks, not very high, and sometimes found crawling on the ground
Hope you are not more confused with the names now!
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Yes, it is a well known tradition to use this plant against kidney stones. Lanfranco suggested that this property is probably attributed to the fact that the plant has strong diuretic properties (promote urination).
As the MaltaWildPlants administrator, I suggest that you buy refined drugs from the pharmacy to treat kidney stones since they are more effective and made from similar herbs rather then collecting numerous plants.
As a friend, I tell you can try it
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One small thing is that I suppose Xkattapietra could well be a valid Maltese name also, since (maybe not everywhere) xkatta is used to mean nearly the same thing as xpakka, nearest I as understand it to mean, in English, "breaks by expanding", "rupture" but "xkatta" tends to imply breaking into many pieces whereas "xpakka" a simple rupture.
The thing is, Stephen, about the blessed medicines in the pharmacies is that we, Russians, do believe in herbs more. In our pharmacies one can always find a wide range of different dried herbs - by themselves and in mixtures. Not herbal teas, but dried herbs, flowers, barks etc. Actually it is the one thing which I really miss here as Maltese seem to cure even simple seasonal cold with antibiotics
Svetlana Vella A.
An uncle was watching me sort out seeds collected for sowing, and we spoke about Fejgel (Rue) and the fact that in old times, it was used for some herbal properties apparently (dont ask me).
Without any prompting, he then commented (in Maltese) that "..there used to be a lot of xkattapietra, too, in Selmun".
It seems that many people know this as "xkatta-p". Just a detail for reference.