Mango is one of the popular fruits in the world due to its attractive color, delicious taste and excellent nutritional properties. Known for its sweet fragrance and flavor, the mango has delighted the senses for more than 4000 years. A celebrated fruit, mango, now produced in most of the tropical parts of the globe.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Folk medicine of mango

Mangoes are popular in a wide variety of folk medicine. Every part of mango plants is beneficial and has been utilized in folk medicine.

In many countries in the tropics, mango bark and leaves are used as teas for diarrhea and related diseases. Many folk medicines have been prepared from mango extracts and resin used in treating diarrhea chronic dysentery, fever, chest problems, insomnia, diabetes, chronic urethritis resulting from gonorrhea and other ills.

Mango is conspicuous for its high content of tannins, the astringent and anti-inflammatory effects of which make it plausible that it gives some relief for these conditions.

The nut shell and juice are used in folk remedies for warts in Brazil.

Leaves are chewed to improve the gums, and smoke inhaled for hiccups and throat afflictions in India. Indian people also make mango paste and cooked together with mint, ground cumin seeds, salt, pepper and sugar. The paste then diluted with water and drunk to prevent sunstroke.

Chinese medicine has used the smoke from smoldering leaves also to treat hiccups and throat ailments and a poultice to treat asthma, cough and skin problems.

They also used the leaf tea to treat asthma, bronchitis, coughs, diabetes, diarrhea, hypertension, insomnia and whooping cough.
Folk medicine of mango

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