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Medicinal Uses of Leaf

Diabetes

Tender leaves of the mango are used to prevent and control early symptoms of diabetes. Soak fresh leaves in water overnight and squeeze them well in water before straining or filtering it the next morning. This should be had every morning. Alternatively, the tender leaves can be dried in the shade, powdered and preserved. Half a teaspoon of this powder can be taken twice a day.

Throat Troubles

The smoke of burning leaves is believed to be efficacious against hiccup and several throat troubles.

AIDS virus

According to an Indo-French symposium on immuno-modulation held in Delhi on 13 December 1995, an isolate from the mango leaves stops the growth of the deadly AIDS virus.

Burns

Burn a handful of mango leaves to ashes and apply this on affected parts.

Teeth Problems

Burn a handful of dry leaves. Add one teaspoon each of mustard oil and common salt to the ash. Use as tooth powder for good dental hygiene.

Earache

Extract one teaspoon juice from mango leaves. Slightly warm and use as ear drops to cure ear ache.

Medicinal Uses of Seed Kernel

Asthma

Powdered kernel is given as medicine to people suffering from asthma and hiccups.

Nose bleeds

Extract a few drops of the juice of the soft kernel and put into each nostril to stop nose bleeds.

Bleeding Piles

Mix half a teaspoon powdered kernel in one cup whey and drink to cure piles and stop bleeding.

Intestinal Worms

Mix one tablespoon fenugreek with powdered kernel. Take one teaspoon with buttermilk to cure intestinal worms.

Hair Growth

Make a paste using powdered mango kernel, powdered Gunja seeds, juice of Bhringaraja and milk sap of the Saja tree. Apply to the scalp to promote hair growth.

Food Protein

The kernel is an excellent source of protein. It is ground into flour and eaten as gruel or made into bread. In periods of food scarcity this is an excellent source of protein.

Hair Dye

Pulped mango seed kernel, Triphala, Nili, Bhringaraja, Kanjika and burnt Loha Churna are mixed together to make a natural black hair dye.

Fine Hair

A paste made from powdered seed kernel should be applied to give hair a fine texture.

Thick, Glossy Hair

Make a paste from fresh seed kernel and apply to the scalp. This gives the hair thickness and a silky gloss. The hair grows long and shiny and the roots become firm. It prevents hair from falling.

Female Disorders/Contraception

Mango seeds are considered useful in the treatment of certain disorders connected with women's reproductive organs.

Diarrhoea, Dysentery and Spleen Enlargement

The mango stone should be dried in the shade and the kernel powdered and tored for use as medicine. Dried powder of the mango seed together with Jamun seeds can be taken in doses of 1-1 and half tablespoons with curd to cure diarrhoea, dysentery and enlargement of spleen. Alternatively, make a fine powder of equal quantity of the dried mango kernel and Jamun seeds and take one tablespoonful twice daily with water or honey. In case of excessive bleeding too the powdered kernel may be used. Another method is to take one tablespoon each of dried powdered mango kernel and powdered aniseed. Roast and sieve together. Take one teaspoon of this mixture with warm water.

Medicinal Uses of Bark

Diphtheria and other throat diseases

The bark fluid is locally applied and also used as a gargle. The gargle can be prepared by mixing two teaspoons of the fluid extract with 125 ml of water.

Tumours

A substance extracted from the bark of the mango tree supresses tumour.

Menstrual Disorders

The juice of fresh mango bark is valuable in treating heavy bleeding during the female menstrual cycle. The juice is given with the addition of either the white of an egg or some mucilage obtained from a plant source and a little opium. Else a mixture of two teaspoons of the fluid extract of the bark and 120 ml of water is given in doses of one teaspoon every hour or two.

Eczema

Mix two tablespoons each of the powdered bark of mango and Babul and boil in five cups of water. Allow the vapour to foment the effected parts. After fomentation, smear over with ghee.

Wounds

Boil two tablespoons of the powder of the bark in one cup of water. Strain through muslin and wash the wound with this.

Diarrhoea

Make a paste of the portion of mango bark and apply one tablespoon of the paste around the navel to cure diarrhoea.

Medicinal Uses of Flowers and Leaf-buds

Diarrhoea and Dysentery

Grind one teaspoon each of mango flowers, tender mango buds and pomegranate flowers into a fine paste. Mix with one cup of buttermilk and drink to cure dysentery. Or take one teaspoon dried mango flowers mixed with one teaspoon honey to cure diarrhoea and dysentery.

Gum inflammation

Boil two teaspoons mango flowers and tender buds in two cups of water and use as a mouthwash. Rinse frequently to cure gum inflammation.

Diabetes

Take one teaspoon crushed leaf-buds of mango and Neem. Alternatively, grind one teaspoon each dried mango flowers, dried tender mango buds and dried Jamun seeds into a fine powder. Take one teaspoon every morning with hot water for forty days.

Medicinal Uses of Gum, Sap and roots

Skin Disorders

The gum of the mango tree and the resinous substance exuded from the stem end of the fruits are used, mixed with lime juice, in cutaneous infections and scabies. It is also applied on cracks in the skin of the feet.

Scorpion Bites

The sap or juice which oozes out at the time of plucking the fruit from the tree gives immediate relief to pain when applied to a scorpion or bee sting. The juice can be collected and kept in a bottle also.

Fever

Grind a few roots of the mango tree into a fine paste and apply on the palms and soles of the patient to lower the temperature.

Medicinal Uses of Raw fruit

Heat Stroke

Bake unripe mangoes (Keri) in hot ashes or boil in water till cooked. Extract the pulp or juice and mix with sugar, water and a pinch of roasted, ground cumin seeds. Drink this. Eating raw mango with salt quenches thirst and prevents excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating.

Prickly heat

Boil two raw green mangoes in two cups of water. Strain the pulp and mix it with salt and sugar to taste. Drink this twice a day.

Bilious Disorders

Unripe mango can be eaten daily with honey and black pepper as a cure for biliousness. It also tones up the liver.

Blood Disorders

Because of the high content of vitamin C in the unripe mango, it is found to be useful in treating blood disorders. It increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps the formation of new blood cells. It aids adsorption of food iron and prevents bleeding tendencies. It increases body resistance against tuberculosis, anaemia, cholera and dysentery.

Baldness

Preserve raw mangoes in oil for a year and massage the scalp with this oil frequently to treat baldness.

Pain in the eyes

In a blender, grind the pulp of a raw green mango. Heat it slightly and make a poultice. Apply to the eyes to relieve pain.

Digestion

Mango powder known as Amchur or dried unripe mango slices is rich in citric acid and is good for digestion and also pyorrhoea. Eating one or two small tender mangoes, in which the seed is still not fully formed, with salt and honey is an effective medicine for summer diarrhoea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.

Rickets and Scurvy

Dried mango powder is valuable in the treatment of rickets and scurvy. Mix one teaspoon of Amchur with one teaspoon of honey. Take twice a day.

Medicinal Uses of Ripe fruit

Loss of weight

To fully benefit from the nutrients of sweet ripe mangoes, it should be taken with milk. The sugar of the mango is supplemented by the protein of the milk. This mixture helps in gaining weight. It can be taken three times a day: morning, noon and night. The mangoes should be eaten first, followed by milk. For rapid gain, 4-5 litres of milk and 3-4 kilos of mangoes can be consumed. This diet taken for a month will lead to improvement in health, vigour and weight gain

Body Weakness

Slice a ripe mango and sprinkle with one teaspoon of honey, a pinch of saffron, cardamom and rose water. Take twice daily to overcome weakness.

Risk of Cancer

The nutrients like vitamin A and carotene, which come from yellow and green vegetables and including mango, reduce the effect of carcinogens and inhibit the growth of tumour cells.

Infections

All bacterial invasions are due to poor epithelium (cells that cover the free surfaces of the body). Liberal consumption of mangoes during the season contributes to the formation of healthy epithelium on account of the presence of vitamin A and C. This in turn prevents frequent attacks of common infections such as colds.

Spleen Enlargement

To treat spleen enlargement, one cup of ripe mango pulp along with one teaspoon of honey should be taken thrice a day.

Source: Budhwar, K. 2002. Romance of the Mango: The Complete Book of the King of Fruits. Penguin Books Indian (P) Ltd., New Delhi, India.