The pomegranate has been regarded as a food
medicine of great importance. All parts of
the tree, the roots, the reddish brown bark, leaves,
flowers, rind and seeds, have featured in medicine for
thousands of years. The medical authorities of ancient
India have described it as a light food and a tonic
for the heart. The ancient medical writers
of Arabia regarded it as - a fruit, which is good for
the inflammation of the stomach and pain of the heart.
The sweet varieties of the fruit are considered a good
laxative, while those, which are intermediate between;
sweet and sour are regarded as valuable in the stomach
inflammations and heart pain.
The juice from the fresh fruit is an excellent cooling
beverage for alleviating thirst in cases of fevers and
sickness. It acts on the liver, heart and kidneys and
tones up their functions. It supplies the required minerals
and helps the liver to preserve vitamin A from the food.
It increases the body's resistance against infections,
Pomegranate juice is of great value in digestive disorders.
It is an appetizer, a digestive food item and is useful
for patients suffering from colitis and mucous. It binds
the stools and tones up the intestines. A Tablespoonful
of the juice mixed with equal quantity of honey can
be given with beneficial results in bilious vomiting
i.e. bile containing fluid and nausea, burning in chest
due to excessive secretion of bile, flatulent colic
and morning sickness.
Diarrhea and Dysentery
The chief value of the pomegranate is its astringent
properties that cause cells to shrink-and it is a valuable
food medicine for diarrhea and dysentery. If the patient
develops weakness on account of profuse and continuous
purging, he should be given repeatedly about 50 ml.
of pomegranate juice to drink. This will control his
diarrhea. If the patient passes blood with stools, this
will also stop by the use of fresh pomegranate juice.
The flower buds are also astringent and are useful in
chronic diarrhea and dysentery, especially of children.
The juice of the fruit with the addition of a little
saffron is useful in fevers to allay thirst. A sherbet
of the ripe fruit is beneficial in the treatment of
typhus, gastric and asthmatic fevers. The root bark
is also given as a febrifuge in-i.e. to prevent fevers.
The skin of the pomegranate fruit is considered highly
beneficial in the treatment of anal itching. This nasty
discomfort may result from unhygienic habits or from
worm infection. The skin of the fruit should be roasted
till it is brittle and black. It is then powdered. The
powder is mixed with a little vegetable oil and applied
over the anus.
Kidney and Bladder Stones
The seeds of pomegranate are useful as a medicine. A
tablespoonful of seeds, ground into a fine paste can
be given along with a cupful of horse-ram soup to dissolve
gravel in kidneys and bladder.
Teeth and Gum Disorder
Powder of the dry rind mixed with pepper and common
salt is applied as a very good dentifrice-i.e. Tooth
paste or powder. Its regular application strengthens
the gum, stops bleeding, prevents pyorrhea, cleans the
teeth and preserve them for a long time.
Its juice is regarded as a delicacy and is made into
excellent sherbet and drunk with the addition of water
and sugar. It is also used in preparing syrups, jellies
and marmalades. It can be kept well for about six months
in cold storage.
The fruit should be eaten immediately after they are
cut open, as the seeds lose their color quickly.
THE POMEGRANATE AND SEXUALITY!!
It was the fruit that made the discovery of sexuality
in the Garden of Eden possible, according to old Christian
as well as Muslim sources. Even today, many Christian
and Jewish mystics believe that the Pomegranate tree
is the true Tree of Life and that it was a Pomegranate
and not an Apple (not Adam’s apple) which Eve