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Journal of Primary Health Care
Saffron (Crocus sativus L.; Iridaceae) is a perennial herb that produces purple flowers with drooping red stigmas. The plant is indigenous to south-western Asia and southern Europe and now cultivated in many other countries, including Afghanistan, China, India, Iran and New Zealand. The red stigmas are the part used medicinally (after drying), and as a spice and colouring agent in food. Saffron has a long history of traditional use for treatment of abdominal pain, fever, and to stimulate ordoi:10.1071/hc22067 pmid:35771700 fatcat:5io6yeslbffvhf2644sh55bzvq