Sugar Apple

The Scientific name of the Sugar Apple: Annona squamosa 

Name of Sugar Apple in different languages:-

English: True custard apple

Sanskrit: Sitaphalam, Krishnabijam Parushphalam, Gandagatra

Hindi: Sita phal

Malayalam: Seethappazham സീതാഫലം

Useful plant parts: leaf, root, fruit

Malayalam: Aatha-ആത്ത

Plant description of Sugar Apple:

The sugar apple or Custard Apple is a subshrub or tree growing up to the deciduous tree, 2 to 4 m in height, with many branches, the bark is light brown, the leaves seem single and sized 6 to 17 length and 3 to 6 cm width, flowers are greenish-yellow in color and fragrant. Fruits are conical in shape and segmented size 5 to 10 cm the colour is bluish green, when its ripe flesh is creamy white to light yellow fragrant and sweet, and resembles the taste of custard.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Cuneate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate

Useful plant parts:

Leaf, Root, Seed

Medicinal uses of Sugar Apple:

To treat Tuberculosis, Blood pressure, and swelling, The Fruits, seeds, Roots, and Leaves are used for gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory diseases, inflammatory diseases, anemia, vomiting, cough, malignancy, and general tonic

Chemical content: 

diterpenoid, alkaloid, atisine, acetogenins

How to prepare medicines: 

Leaves grind with row turmeric and applied on the affected area three or more times a day is very effective for swelling.

Sugar Apple Ayurveda medicinal uses

Sugar Apple, scientifically known as Annona squamosa, holds a special place in Ayurvedic medicine. Its various parts, including the leaves, seeds, and fruit, are utilized for their therapeutic properties. Here are some of the Ayurvedic medicinal uses of Sugar Apple:

1. Digestive Aid: Sugar Apple is believed to aid digestion, making it beneficial for individuals with digestive disorders. It is thought to have carminative properties, helping to alleviate flatulence and bloating.

2. Respiratory Health: In Ayurveda, Sugar Apple is sometimes used to address respiratory issues. It is believed to have expectorant properties, which may help in clearing mucus from the respiratory tract.

3. Cardiovascular Health: Some Ayurvedic practitioners suggest that Sugar Apple may have benefits for the heart. It is thought to have properties that support cardiovascular health, although specific mechanisms may vary.

4. Sedative and Calming: Sugar Apple is believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system. It is sometimes recommended for individuals experiencing anxiety, stress, or insomnia.

5. Antimicrobial Properties: Certain components of Sugar Apple are thought to possess antimicrobial properties. This may make it useful in traditional remedies for addressing certain types of infections.

6. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The leaves and seeds of the Sugar Apple tree are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. This makes them potentially useful in addressing conditions related to inflammation.

7. Wound Healing: In some traditional practices, Sugar Apple is used topically to promote wound healing. It is believed to have properties that support tissue regeneration.

Remember, while Sugar Apple is valued in traditional medicine, scientific research on its medicinal properties is ongoing. Always consult a qualified healthcare practitioner or Ayurvedic expert before using it for therapeutic purposes, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other medications.


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