Peganum harmala is used as an analgesic and antiinflammatory agent.
In Yemen it was used to treat depression, and it has been established in the laboratory that harmaline, an active ingredient in Peganum harmala, is a central nervous system stimulant and a “reversible inhibitor of MAO-A (RIMA), a category of antidepressant.
Smoke from the seeds kills algae, bacteria, intestinal parasites and molds. Peganum harmala has “antibacterial activity, including antibacterial activity against drug-resistant bacteria.
The “root is applied to kill lice” and when burned, the seeds kill insects.
harmaline and harmine, are also extremely fluorescent compounds as seen below: