Health Benefits of Tamarind
The ripe fruit is regarded as refrigerant, digestive, carminative and laxative, and useful in diseases supposed to be caused by deranged bile, such as burning of the body, costiveness, intoxication from spirituous liquors or datura, etc.
Dose of Tamarind in Medicine
The shells of the ripe fruit are burnt, and their ashes used in ancient medicine as an alkaline substance, along with other medicines of the sort, as for example in the preparation called ‘Abhayalavana’. The pulp of the ripe fruit, as well as a poultice of the leaves, is recommended to be applied to inflammatory swellings.
Amlika Pana: Macerate some tamarind pulp in water; strain and add black pepper, sugar, cloves, camphor and cardamoms to taste. This preparation is prescribed as an agreeable cooling draught in loss of appetite and disinclination for food.
In intoxication from spirituous liquors the following mixture is recommended by Chakradatta; take dates, raisins, tamarind pulp, pomegranate seeds, fruits of Grewia Asiatica (Parushaka) and ripe emblic myrobalans each one tola, pound them together and make an emulsion with 32 tolas of water. Dose is about 2 ounces.
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