Pomegranate Benefits, Home Remedies, Side Effects

Pomegranate fruit benefits are innumerable. There are only a very few fruits as nutrition-loaded as pomegranate. Pomegranate is used for its health benefits since thousands of years. Apart from pomegranate fruits, other parts of the plant such as bark, root bark are also used in many health conditions. Pomegranate fruit is the widely used part of the plant.

pomegranate

Common names, Sanskrit synonyms

Hindi name: Anar
Telugu name: Danimma Kaya, daalimba, daanimma.
Malayalam name: Matalam, matalam, madala, raktabijam
Tamil name: Matuli, maadulai, maatulai pazham.
Marathi name: Dalimb
Kannada name: Dalimbe hannu
Urdu name – Urdu: aab-e-amar, amrdana.
Persian name – anar.
Arabic name – gulnar
Hindi name –  anar ke phal.

Sanskrit synonyms of Pomegranate:
Phalamla – has slightly sour taste
Kuchaphala – Fruit resembles the shape of breasts
Shukavallabha – attracts birds
Raktabeeja – has red seeds
Raptapushpa – has red coloured flowers
Dantabeeja – seeds are arranged like teeth

Qualities, effect on Doshas

Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Snigdha (unctuous, oily)
Rasa (taste) – Madhura (sweet), Amla (sour), Kashaya (astringent)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Madhura (sweet) or Amla (sour)
Veerya (potency) – Anushna – neither cold, nor sweet.

Pomegranate – effect on Tridosha –
Sweet pomegranate balances Tridosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Sour pomegranate balances Vata and Kapha and increases Pitta.

Pomegranate - Ayurveda benefits

Pomegranate fruit benefits

Qualities of pomegranate fruits is explained in Ayurveda based on its taste. Based on taste, it is classified into three categories.

Sweet pomegranate

Sweet pomegranate fruit benefits – Sweet pomegranates are having the rarest Tridosha balance effect. There are only a handful of herbs with Tridosha balance effect. (Amla fruit is another example)
The sweet pomegranate fruit is indicated to be taken during fever.
Trit hara, Daaha hara – It relieves excessive thirst and burning sensation.
It cleanses and clarifies oral cavity, throat, oesophagus stomach and chest.
Shukrala – It is a good natural aphrodisiac and improves sperm count and semen quality.
Laghu – It undergoes digestion very easily, very light on stomach.
It also has astringent taste, helps to relieve diarrhoea, useful in IBS, ulcerative colitis.
Medha balakara – It improves intelligence, immunity and body strength.
Hridya – Good for heart

Sweet-sour pomegranate

Sweet-Sour Pomegranate fruit benefits- Pomegranates having sweet and sour taste improves digestion power of stomach.
Ruchya  – Helps relieve anorexia, improves taste of food.
It slightly increases Pitta.

Sour pomegranate

Sour pomegranate fruit  – Pomegranate fruit having predominant sour taste increases Pitta to a greater extent. But it balances Kapha and Vata. Sour pomegranate is ideal ingredient of diet in Rheumatoid arthritis.

Pomegranate benefits – Modern views

Modern science hails pomegranate benefits in many ways. Pomegranate is a proven rich source of anti oxidants, hence it is very good for heart. It is interesting to know that this finding matches with Hridya – protecting and promoting heart health claim by centuries old Ayurveda matches with the scientific research.

Pomegranate fruit is a good source of Vitamin C, B5, Polyphenols and Potassium.
Pomegranate benefits in wikipedia

It augments the digestive fire, is wholesome to the body; provides virility; relieves vomiting, loss of taste, inflammations and pitta type of fever. Soothes from the burning sensation inside the body, improves complexion of skin, provides physical energy, provides satiation when consumed in its ripened state. It at times acts as an absorbent in a milder form,  it soothes the throat in a person with cough.

Side effects

Pomegranate side effects – It is known to cause constipation, hence is used as a home remedy for diarrhoea. But people with constipation need to watch out.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Remedies for dysentery, bradycardia

Pomegranate for dysentery
The outer fruit cover of Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is made into a  decoction and administered (15-20 ml) repeatedly.

Pomegranate remedy for bradycardia: 
In case of low pulse rate, Vaidyaraj Subhash Sharma has mentioned about the below remedy:
Akarakara churna is mixed along with Pushkaramoola churna, Shrunga Bhasma and Vamsha lochana. It is administered one hour before food along with pomegranate juice, twice a day. Consult a doctor before following this or any other remedies.

Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurvedic products with Pomegranate as an ingredient –
Herbal powders: 

Dadima Chatusama churna,
Dadimashtaka churna,
Lavan Bhaskar Churna
Alcoholic preparation: Mritasanjeevani Sura
Ghee preparation: Dadimadi Ghrita
Herbal powder – Yavanyadi choorna

Ayurvedic medicine, traditionally advised along with pomegranate juice is – Narayana Churna

Pomegranates, raw

Taste – sweet, astringent
Properties – light, unctuous
Potency – not very hot
After digestion taste transformation (Vipaka) – sweet, sour
Effect on Doshas
Vata balancing
Pitta balancing
Kapha balancing

Pomegranate juice, bottled

Taste – sweet, astringent
Properties – light, unctuous
Potency – not very hot
After digestion taste transformation (Vipaka)  – sweet, sour
Effect on Doshas
Vata balancing
Pitta balancing
Kapha balancing

24 thoughts on “Pomegranate Benefits, Home Remedies, Side Effects”

  1. hi ..
    can pregnant lady take pomegranate during their pregnancy ? is it true can make child look radiant by taking this fruit??

    Reply
    • It is very useful in the following ways.
      1. Pomegranate is rich in anti oxidants, hence keeps the internal organs healthy and strong. Keeps the energy levels up in diabetics.
      2. Pomegranates strengthen vessel walls and induces quick healing of wounds, and hence helpful in diabetes, where wounds take a long time to heal.

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  2. Along with other regular spices in tadka while cooking daal/vegetables, does putting ‘anardaana’ help? What are its benefits?

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    • Because Anar daana is a fruit that can be readily used, I do not think frying it in the form of tadka is required. Even in many Indian dishes, wherever it is used, it is used fresh.

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  3. Patanjali digestive pachak anardana increases dogestive power but will it increse pitta at the same time??

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    • Anar Dana – sweet pomegranate calms Pitta.
      Hence, Patanjali Pachak Anardana though increases digestion strength, the sweetness of pomegranate would avoid excess increase of Pitta Dosha.

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  4. Dear Dr Hebbar,

    What is better for constipation in Kapha/Pitta individial – Apple or pomegranates?

    Which of above create for more Vata?

    Thanks

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  5. Can we take triphala with milk, since triphala contains amla and amla (being sour) is incompatible with milk. Thanks.

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  6. Hi doctor,
    You mention that pomegrante and amla are the few foods that balance all 3 doshas. Please provide us with a list of the remaining foods that balance all 3 doshas.
    Thanks

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  7. can diabetic person take one pomogranate fruit a day if diabetic person eats a pomogranate a day, his / her blood sugar will increase

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  8. V.R.K. Raman.
    Query from: Your answer.
    1. Shubam. Triphala can be taken with a
    cup of milk at night after food.

    2. Raj. Triphala is not to be taken with milk.

    Pl. clarify.
    Thanking you

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  9. Thank you Dr for your phenomenal contributions to the public interest.

    Could you suggest some food items like Amla and pomegranate that balance all the doshas simultaneously .

    Thank You

    Reply
    • Triphala, haritaki fruit, rock salt etc. But we need not go behind just the Tridoshic items.
      A food combination with some Vata balancing, some pitta balancing and some kapha balancing items, combined together is also very good.

      Reply

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