The king Fruit mango
Popularly known as the king of fruits, mango (Mangifera indica) is one of the most prescribed medicinal fruits around with parts from the seed to the flowers useful in treating diseases. The uses of the plant have been acknowledged since the Vedic Period.
Supporting the seven dhatus (body tissues) – rasa, rakta, maansa, medha, asthi, majja and shukra- mango also strengthens the nervous and circulatory systems. It balances the three doshas and acts as an energizer. Mango juice is a widely- known restorative tonic and is advised to be taken throughout to keep the body healthy.
While the fruit as such contains anti-fungal, diuretic and preventive components, the other parts of the mango plant have proved to be effective in treating various ailments. The dried mango flower reduces chances of dysentery and diarrhoea as well as the inflammation of the urinary tract. The powdered seeds stops bleeding, the gum from the trunk of the tree helps remove the cracked skin on the soles of the feet, and the astringent bark, yet another medicinal part, treats rheumatism and diphtheria. Apart from these, the plant is known to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Rich in Vitamin A, C, anti-oxidants, flavones, bioflavonoids, carotenes, sterol, termene, aromatic acids, glucosides, essential oil, fatty acids and phenolic, mango is one fruit that fights a wide range of diseases that are otherwise considered life-taking. Serum cholesterol is controlled by the high fibre content, vitamins and pectin in the fruit. The fibre also aids the elimination of waste and eases out motion.
• Prevents cancer (colon, breast, prostate and leukaemia particularly)
• Protects from cardiac diseases
• Controls diabetes
• Treats anaemia
• Increases immunity
• Controls blood pressure
• Acts as a kidney-tonic
• Helps maintain good eye sight
• Treats leucorrhoea and heavy bleeding
• Prevents tooth decay
• Supplies potassium and fibre
The paste made out of dried mango seeds, when massaged on the gums, controls bleeding instantly and soothes the dental regions. The plant is also known to be useful to deal with burns and bee stings. The healing properties of mango have greatly been appreciated by the practitioners of Ayurveda. It is good for excess Vata and Kapha. To deal with troubles caused by heat, milk-mango shake is often advised to be taken. It helps gain weight and energizes the body systems. A ripe mango also enhances blood circulation. Besides its medicinal properties,
mango has proved to improve the skin complexion . Face packs and facial products out of the fruit are widely used to treat skin-related troubles as well as to enhance beauty. Varieties: A lot of varieties are available across the country like Neelam, Sindhoori, Chandrakkaaran, Alphonso, Totapuri, Banganapalli, Gulaab Khaas, Moovandan, Priyoor, Gomanga, Mysoree, Langra etc., to name a few.