Food and Health
The pomegranate is a very delicious and semi-seedy fruit. It has refreshing and soothing qualities and is easy to digest than any other fruit. The fruit has been held in high esteem from time immemorial as a food and a medicine. The pomegranate is a six-edged fruit of fairly large size (200- 350 gms), with tough leathery skin. It is divided inside into several cells containing numerous angular seeds. A succulent coating of pink or crimson color with a delicious sub-acid flavor surrounds these seeds. The sweet ruby-pink and the sour varieties are most popular.
Curative Properties
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, particularly tuberculosis.

Bilious vomiting
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.

Anal Itching
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.

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 enjoyed.!!
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