Tamarindus indica L.

Nota de alcance

Raíz y pulpa del fruto: Antiinflamatorio, para el tratamiento del hígado en caso de hepatitis.

Nota de alcance (en)

Fruit, leaf: for the blood, fever, measles, pressure, leaves boiled and tea drunk for high blood pressure


Leaf: Warmed and tied to affected areas to relieve swellings and pains, particularly sprains. Decoction or infusion for a coolant, and for bathing sores or to bathe persons suffering from measles or allergies; in a rash and scabies remedy.

Leaf and Flower: In a sweetened tea drunk by children for measles. In a preparation which was drunk in early Guyana as a malaria remedy instead of drinking rain water.

Fruit: Syrup of ripe fruit is drunk for keeping digestive organs in good condition, for an aperient, as well as for a cough medicine and to remedy chest colds; pulp as a laxative. Flesh of fruit eaten to cure fevers and control gastric acid.

Flower: Decoction of flower buds used to remedy children's bedwetting and urinary complaints.

Range. Origin unknown, possibly tropical Asia or Africa. Cultivated in Myanmar.

Root: Used in treating gonorrhea, urinary diseases, hemorrhoids, jaundice, and shooting or dull pains in the stomach.

Bark: The entire bark can be made into an ash and taken with water after meals to cure vomiting and gastic problems. The bark ash can be mixed with honey to cure shooting or dull stomach pains. Indigestion can be cured if the outer bark is baked until burnt, made into a powder, and taken with warm water. Apply­ing a paste made from the bark with water will cure sore eyes, sores, and bites of venomous creatures.

Leaf: The juice from the leaves can be cooked with sesame oil and a small amount applied into the ear to cure earaches. Taking one tablespoon of the juice squeezed from the crushed leaves to cure urinary disorders. The juice squeezed from crushed leaves can be ap­plied to heat rashes. One part of the juice squeezed from the leaves can be mixed with two parts of rock salt to neutralize snake venom. The leaves can be eaten with kalain (Caesal­pinia crista) seeds to cure excessive perspiration and body odor.

Fruit: The pulp of the fruit is used in making up laxatives and tonics. Equal amounts of old tamarind fruit, garlic that has been soaked in yogurt liquid, and chay-thee (Semecarpus anacardium) is to be mixed and ground up, made into pellets and dried in the shade; taking one pellet together with one teaspoon of garlic juice every 15 minutes will cure cholera.

Seed: Soaked in water overnight, outer skin discarded, kernel crushed and taken with milk to cure white vaginal discharge and excessive urination. A seed kernel paste can be taken to cure diarrhea and dysentery, and can be applied to a scorpion bite to neutralize the venom. The skin of a mature seed can be mixed with cumin and rock sugar, made into a powder and taken to cure dysentery.

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) Barret, Bruce Economic Botany vol. 48, nro. 1 .-- p. 8-20 1994

2) Robertt, A., et al.. Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana)/Smithsonian NMNH. cited online: 17-08-2017.

3) Escalona Cruz, José Luis; et al/ Revista Cubana de Plantas Medicinales vol. 20, no 4. 2015. p -- 429 - 439

4) DeFilipps, Robert A.; Krupnick, Gary A. / PhytoKeys, v. 102. - - p. 1 - 314,  2018.

Tamarindus indica L.
Término aceptado: 03-Mar-2017