By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
Kokum (Gracinia indica) fruit in Ayurveda, is is recognized by the name Vrikshamla. The fruits are considered as excellent source of anti-oxidants and several micro nutrients. Usually it is well known for its cooling properties as well to pacify high Pitta disorders.
Kokum is rich in dietary fibre, Vitamin C. Hence it is a powerful anti oxidant. It also contains magnesium, potassium and manganese which are useful in cardiac disorders, and liver diseases.
Kokum contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA); it acts as an appetite suppressant. That is the reason, in acid peptic disorders it is a herb of choice. HCA also lowers cholesterol.
Not only the fruit; but also several parts including the stem, tender leaves, fruit seeds and even the tender leaf buds of Kokum are useful in various ill health conditions.
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1. Kokum fruit juice/sharabath in bilious headache, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness:
10 ml of fresh fruit juice (even the squash can also be used) is mixed with 400 ml water. To this 15-20 gram of sugar is added and dissolved. This is taken as a soft drink in the morning and evening time. Dose is 100 – 200 ml, twice or thrice a day.
This recipe works well in the treatment of bilious headache (headache associated with gastritis, weak digestion, bloating, tastelessness, nausea, vomiting, acidic reflux, morning sickness etc
2. Tender leaf bud chutney for anorexia:
10-20 leaf buds are taken, mixed with 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and a cup of grated coconut powder. This is churned/ pounded well. According to one’s liking salt and pepper are also added. This chutney is very tasty and improves the capacity of digestion.
3. Leaf soup in head ache and indigestion:
8-10 mature leaves are taken and cooked well with a cup of water. Filtered. To the liquid, spices and a little salt are added and heated On proper cooking the leaves are thrown out. To this, 2 pinches of each of pepper, ginger, cumin seed powders and salt are added and heated in mild fire for a couple of minutes. This soup is effective in headache and indigestion.
4. Stem bark decoction to wash wounds:
20 grams of stem bark is added with 5 cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup. Filtered. This Kashaya is added with 2 and the decoction is prepared. This is used for washing wounds. This ensures quick wound healing.
5. Seed oil/butter application in burns and scalds:
The seed oil or Kokum butter is very effective in cases like burns and scalds. Regular application helps to remove the burn marks too.
6. Kokum fruit skin paste over the scalp for headache and dizziness:
The fresh fruit skin is made into fine paste. In case of dry fruit, skin is peeled and soaked in water, then made into paste. This is applied to the middle of the scalp. This helps to relieve burning of the scalp, vertigo, headache and dizziness.
7. Kokum dry fruit soup in indigestion, hyper acidity, flatulence and tastelessness conditions:
Kokum dry fruit skin is soaked in water and kept overnight. It is macerated well and soup is made. Or else soft drink is made by adding sugar. This works well in cases like indigestion, hyperacidity, flatulence, tastelessness etc.
8. Substitute for tamarind:
The Kokum fruits are used as good substitute for tamarind, especially while cooking the meat.
Kokum is not mere a fruit but a health supplement in several ill-health conditions. Its use in both external and internal purpose is highly appreciable.
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