Malayalam: Plavu പ്ലാവ്.
Jackfruit tree-Artocarpus Heterophyllus is a medium deciduous tropical tree that grows to a height of up to 20 meters. The leaves are simple, glossy dark green, alternately arranged, sized 10 – 15 cm long and 5 – 8 cm broad, thick, and leathery, leaf stalks are stout and up to 2 cm long. Jack fruit is the biggest tree-born fruit, it is oblong to cylindrical and averages 40 cm in length, usually weighing up to 18 kg. Fruits are borne on the trunk and on main branches; they form multiple flowers in an inflorescence, with a green to yellow-green exterior rind. Fruits are covered with thorns and it is hard, when ripe it gets a fragrant smell and contains many seeds inside covered with yellow to orange-colored, sweetly, fleshy fruits.
The jackfruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a tropical tree native to southwest India. In Ayurveda, various parts of the jackfruit tree have been used for their therapeutic properties. Here are some of the traditional Ayurvedic uses of the jackfruit tree:
1. Digestive Health: The ripe fruit is considered to be a natural digestive aid. It is believed to help with constipation due to its fiber content. Additionally, the seeds of the jackfruit are used traditionally to relieve digestive disorders.
2. Energy Booster: Ripe jackfruit is rich in carbohydrates and natural sugars, providing a quick source of energy. It is often consumed by athletes and laborers for an energy boost.
3. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Various parts of the jackfruit tree, including the leaves and roots, are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. They may be used in Ayurvedic preparations to alleviate inflammation in the body.
4. Respiratory Health: In Ayurveda, the root bark of the jackfruit tree has been used for respiratory issues. It is believed to have expectorant properties that help clear respiratory passages.
5. Aphrodisiac: Some traditional Ayurvedic texts suggest that certain parts of the jackfruit tree, including the root, may have aphrodisiac properties and could be used to enhance sexual vitality.
6. Antioxidant Properties: The jackfruit is rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C, which helps protect cells from damage by free radicals. This can contribute to overall health and vitality.
7. Nutritional Support: Jackfruit is a good source of essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. It provides a range of nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.
8. Blood Pressure Regulation: Jackfruit contains potassium, which is known to help regulate blood pressure. The high potassium content may be beneficial for individuals with hypertension.
9. Improving Immunity: The presence of various vitamins and minerals in jackfruit can contribute to a healthy immune system. It may help the body fight off infections and illnesses.
10. Treating Skin Problems: In Ayurvedic practices, the latex from the jackfruit tree is sometimes used for treating minor skin conditions and wounds. It is believed to have antimicrobial properties.
11. Stress and Anxiety Management: Some traditional Ayurvedic practices suggest that consuming jackfruit may help calm the nervous system and alleviate stress and anxiety.
As with any herbal remedy, it’s important to approach these uses with caution. It’s advisable to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using jackfruit or any other natural substance for medicinal purposes, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications. They can provide guidance based on your individual health situation.
Fruit, Seed, Leaf, Root
To treat Gas trouble, dysentery, urine enhancer, sexual power enhancer, curing fever, boils and skin diseases, and diarrhea.
Lutein, beta-carotene, neoxanthin, neoxanthin, violaxanthin
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