MANGO TREE – Mangifera indica Linn.

The Mango Tree belongs to the plant family Anacardiaceae. It is a large spreading tree, which is well known in all tropical countries. The different varieties of the tree vary in height. However, most of them would fall in the range of 5-20 meters. The leaves, 12.5-25 cm. long, are simple, green and stiff when fully grown. The unisexual and bisexual flowers are in clusters. The fruit, botanically classified as a drupe is generally called the king of the fruits because of its delicious pulp with unequalled flavour, when ripe. The unripe fruits are sometimes eaten plain or with a sprinkle of salt/sugar and chili powder. Sometimes the young inflorescence is used in salads.
Medicinal Use
– Purifies the blood; removes mucous from the bronchial tubes, prevents or cures scurvy, expels worms from the body, is a digestive and a good laxative.
– Respiratory problems, inflammation of the mucous membrane, cough and bronchitis.
Tuberculosis, general debility, anaemia and indigestion.
–  Asthma, and other respiratory problems.
– Gum inflammation.
– Vermifuge or for expelling worms from the body.
– Bruises and wounds.
– Fevers.
– Itches and skin diseases.
– Scurvy.
– Chapped feet.

How to Use
– The consumption of ripe mango fruits purifies the blood, removes mucous from the bronchial tubes, prevents or cures scurvy, expels worms from the body, is a digestive and a good laxative.
– Mango fruit is recommended for respiratory problems, inflammation of the mucous membrane, cough and bronchitis. It is advised that one use it with honey, or as syrup.
– The fruit is also recommended for tuberculosis, general debility, anemia and indigestion.
– The young leaves, used in decoction, are good for asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.
– The above leaf decoction is used to cure gum inflammation by washing the mouth several times a day.
– The young shoots or the kernel of the seeds is used as vermifuge or for expelling worms from the body.
– Externally, the decoction of the leaves is used as a wash for bruises and wounds.
– The bark of the tree is used in decoction for fevers. The gum from the trunk is used for itches and skin diseases.
– Unripe mangoes, dried in the sun, are recommended for scurvy.
– For chapped feet, mix one teaspoon of the gum of the mango tree with one tablespoon water and apply on the chapped parts of the feet.
Parts used: The leaves and shoots, seed, bark, gum and fruit.
Dose: As recommended above. Follow Normal procedures.

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