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Pomegranate

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Punica granatum

Other Names: Cartaginian Apple, Anardana, Dadima

This beautiful red fruit is famed for its taste as well as being a fertility symbol. It specifically balances an acidic digestion, nourishes the heart and balances levels of oestrogen.

Botanical Description

The pomegranate is a deciduous shrub or small fruit bearing tree originally from Persia, which can now be found growing all over India. It grows to heights of between 5-8 metres producing the characteristic large, red and round sweet fruits known as pomegranates which can contain anywhere between 200-1400 seeds. The plant also produces multiple spines along each of its branches and its flowers match the colour of the fruit and are a bright, vibrant red. Pomegranate trees have been known to live for up to 200 years and are incredibly hardy.

How it Works

Pomegranate contains high levels of the constituent ellagic acid and Vitamin C, making it a strong and effective antioxidant and a good support for a weakened digestive system. The bark of the tree and a small percentage of the fruit contains constituents known as alkaloids that are particularly effective against fighting parasites within the digestive tract by inhibiting the parasites ability to grip onto the intestinal wall. The juice and the rind of the fruit contain tannins which display strong astringent properties, primarily active within the digestive tract. 

Into the Heart of Pomegranate

The bright and vibrant red colour of this fruit gives a good indication of its usage within the body. It has an affinity for the heart and supporting a healthy blood flow and circulation around the body. The fruit was also revered in many folk traditions as being a symbol of fertility, reflecting its now known ability to stimulate the libido and act as an effective aphrodisiac. Different parts of the plant also demonstrate different medicinal actions with the bitter rind acting as an effective astringent to the digestive system, and the cooling juice as an excellent anti-inflammatory to the digestive tract but also in excessive heat and sweat production during the menopause.

Indications

GIT: The sweet juice of the fruit is a wonderful cooling drink for soothing an inflamed stomach and intestines. It is a specific for hyperacidity and the resulting nausea. Its mild astringency helps to slow the movement of vata and alleviates any excess pitta. The rind is a fine astringent that will bind a loose bowel very quickly. It is a common folk remedy for dysentery with bleeding and mucus. It also kills parasites; it is a specific for tapeworms, pin and roundworms. The dry, roasted seeds are a great benefit to those with an excessive appetite, tikshna agni, as they help to balance the excess pitta.

Heart: As a wonderful cordial herb it strengthens the heart. Its affinity for the blood helps to nourish rakta dhatu. Its sweet and astringent qualities are beneficial in bleeding anywhere in the circulatory system.

Female Reproductive System:  Pomegranates are a well-known aphrodisiac. They benefit the semen (shukrala) via the plasma or rasa dhatu. The decoction of the rind can be used as a douche in leucorrhoea.

Menopause: Pomegranates are useful for maintaining healthy levels of oestrogen as they contain small amounts of estrone. Eat the fresh fruit, juice or seeds regularly during menopause. The sweet flavour can help to cool sensations of burning and flushing.

Nerves: The beneficial effect of the fruit on majja dhatu helps to nourish the brain and nervous system.

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