Indian garcinia

The scientific name of Indian garcinia: Garcinia gummi-gutta

Name of Indian garcinia in different languages:

English: Brindleberry, Malabar tamarind, pot tamarind

Hindi: Bilathy Amly बिलाति अंलि

Malayalam: Kudampuly കുടംപുളി

Plant description:

Indian garcinia or Pot tamarind tropical tree grows up to 12 m tall. Leaves are simple, opposite, petiole 5 to 1.6 cm long, elliptic, tapered to apex, trunk and bark are reddish brown color and with yellowish sticky latex, flowers are borne in axillary as clusters, calyx cream and petals pink. Fruits or berries resembled pumpkin and pale green to yellow when ripe, globose, 6 to 8 grooved, 5 cm in diameter, and many-seeded. Dried fruits except seeds are the useful part.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oblong Margin-Entire Venation-Parallel
 oblong  Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Useful plant parts:

Fruits, roots bark

Medicinal uses:

To treat excess fat, Kapha disorders, and dysentery

Chemical contents:

Indian Garcinia Ayurveda Uses

Used as purgative medicines in Ayurveda.

Indian garcinia, also known as Garcinia indica or kokum, is a fruit-bearing tree native to the western coast of India. In Ayurveda, various parts of the Indian garcinia tree have been used for their potential medicinal properties. It’s important to note that the use of any plant for medicinal purposes should be done under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Here are some of the traditional Ayurvedic uses associated with Indian garcinia:

  1. Digestive Aid: Indian garcinia is considered to have digestive properties and is used to alleviate digestive discomfort, such as indigestion, flatulence, and constipation.
  2. Appetite Suppressant: It is believed to have properties that can help suppress appetite, which may be beneficial for weight management.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The fruit and rind of Indian garcinia are believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties. It may be used to help alleviate inflammation-related conditions.
  4. Anti-microbial Properties: Indian garcinia is thought to have properties that may help fight against certain types of microbes.
  5. Anti-oxidant Properties: Some components of Indian garcinia are believed to possess antioxidant properties, which may help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
  6. Weight Management: Due to its potential appetite-suppressing properties, Indian garcinia is sometimes used in Ayurvedic formulations aimed at supporting weight loss.
  7. Cardiovascular Health: It is believed to support heart health, although more research is needed to confirm these effects.
  8. Skin Care: Indian garcinia is used in some traditional remedies for skin conditions. It may be applied topically or ingested for this purpose.
  9. Anti-diabetic Properties: There is some interest in the potential anti-diabetic properties of Indian garcinia extracts, although more research is needed to confirm these effects.
  10. Liver Health: Indian garcinia is believed to have properties that support liver health.
  11. Regulating Cholesterol Levels: Some traditional uses suggest it may help regulate cholesterol levels.
  12. Menstrual Disorders: In some traditional remedies, Indian garcinia is used to address menstrual irregularities and discomfort.

As with any herbal remedy, it’s important to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using Indian garcinia for medicinal purposes. Additionally, ensure that any preparations or supplements you consider using are obtained from reputable and trusted sources.

Remember that while traditional uses of herbs like Indian garcinia have been passed down through generations, scientific research on their efficacy and safety is still ongoing. Always seek professional advice for any health concerns or conditions you may have.

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