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The king of Asiatic fruits: the Mango

I was amazed when I read that Mango seeds are considered useful in certain disorders connected with women’s reproductive organs. According to an Indian Doctor, Dr. Aman, 'A teaspoonful, of the paste of the decorticated seed of mango is applied inside the vagina to cure leucorrhoea, Vaginitis, and relaxed walls due to multiple pregnancies. Its use half an hour before conjugal union gives a firm feeling and acts as a safe contraceptive. This has been tried many times with gratifying results. The juice of the fresh mango bark is also valuable in heavy bleeding during menstruation, i.e. menorrhagia, leucorrhoea, and vaginal discharges and uterus bleeding or hemorrhage .'

How about that? And I thought the mango was just another one of this season's yummy fruits. The juicy fruit seems to follow me everywhere I go; it's either mango juice, shakes, pickles, mango cakes or dried mango skins! Are there any other forms of the mango? I had to find out.

A website dedicated to Ayurvedic medicine gives me a full introduction of this delightful fruit; let's make the most of it.

The mango happens to be the most popular fruit of the tropics and is called 'The King of Asiatic fruits'. It is regarded as a valuable item of diet and a household remedy.

The raw mango is a valuable source of vitamin C. It contains more vitamin C than half-ripe or fully ripe mangoes and hence is valuable in blood disorders. Mangoes protect from the adverse effects of hot, scorching winds. A drink, prepared from the unripe mango by cooking it in hot ashes and mixing the pith with sugar and water, is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Eating raw mango with salt quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating. Eating one or two small tender mangoes in which the seed is not fully formed with salt and honey is found to be very effective medicine for summer diarrhea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.

The ripe mango is very wholesome and nourishing. Ripe mangoes are rich in vitamin A and therefore are highly beneficial in the treatment of night blindness as this disease is caused by vitamin A deficiency. Eating mangoes regularly will also prevent development of refractive errors, dryness of the eyes, softening of the cornea, itching and burning in the eyes. Mango combines very well with milk and exclusive mango­ milk diet taken for at least one month, will lead to improvement in health, vigor and gain in weight.

The tender leaves of the mango tree are considered useful in diabetes. An infusion is prepared from fresh leaves by soaking them overnight in water and squeezing them well in water before filtering it in the morning. This mix of water should be taken every morning to control early diabetes. As an alternative to the mixture, leaves can be dried in the shade, powdered and preserved. Half a teaspoonful of this powder should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.

The mango bark is very efficacious in the treatment of diphtheria and other throat diseases. Its fluid is locally applied and also used as a gargle. The gargle is prepared by mixing 10 ml. of the fluid extract with 125 ml. of water.

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

Ofcourse the fruit has its bad points too, like too much of the raw mango can cause throat irritation, indigestion, dysentery, abdominal colic and even constipation. But then too much of everything is never a good thing, is it?

Go on and take a royal bite out of the Mango.

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