Tamarind (Imli, tentul)
Tamarind is botanically known as Tamarindi indica. It is also known as 'Jamdutika'. Chemically it contains vitamin C, tartaric acid, polysaccharide and oxalic acid. It is a tonic, carminative, laxative, dagestive, febrifuge, refrigerant and antiseptic. It is very useful in habitual constiveness, alcoholic intoxication, dhatura poisoning, bilious vomiting, febrile disorders and dysentery. The tender leaves and flowers are eaten as vegetable which are very cooling and antibilious; their decoction is given to children as an anthelmintic; it is also useful in jaundice. A, poultice of the fresh leaves is locally applied over inflammatory swelling of ankles and joints, sprains, boils, sore eyes and scabies. The pulp of the fruit is stimulant to the liver and cures digestive disorders. It is also very useful in curing burning sensation of the hands and feet during autumn and spring seasons.
Tamarinds are largely used in Indian cookeryin curries, salads and chutney. They contain vitamin C and are very useful in preventing and curing scurvy. The pulp of the ripe fruit is used in acute constipation and liver disorders like jaundice. The powdered seeds are given in dysentery. They are also applied locally for contracting the vaginal passage.
Dr. C.C. Thakur in his book 'Introduction to Ayurveda' has said that sweet tarmarind subsides pitta (bile). It is an appetiser, digestive, stimulant to the liver, stomachic, good for heart and satisfies thirst. It is also good for retention of semen. It cures acidity, digestive disorders, dysentery, stomach troubles, arthritis, and all sorts of pains.
According to J.F. Dastur, the pulp of the ripe fruit is very useful in sun-stroke, heat-stroke, bilious fevers, alcoholic intoxication, dhatura poisoning, vomiting, car-sickness and travel sickness.
Ayurvedacharya Sivakali Bhattachazjee in his book 'Chiranjib Banaushadhi' has described tamarind as very useful in alcoholic intoxication, dhatra poisoning, sun-stroke, heat-stroke, allergy, loss of memory, bilious vomiting and bilious disorders.
Dr. S.K. Jain in his book 'Medicinal Plants' has said that the pulp of the ripe fruit is generally given in bilous fevers, vomiting, alcoholic intoxication, acute constipation, sun-stroke, and heat-stroke. It has got laxative properties. Its infusion in water forms a very refreshing drink in summer days.
Benefit and uses of Tamarind.
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