The Benefits of Mangoes, Seeds and Bark

Posted by M ws On Thursday, March 7, 2013 1 comments

The mango originated in Southeast Asia where it has been grown for over 4,000 years. Over the years mango groves have spread to many parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world, where the climate allows the mango to grow best. Mango trees are evergreens that will grow to 60 feet tall. The mango tree will fruit 4 to 6 years after planting. Mango trees require hot, dry periods to set and produce a good crop. Most of the mangos sold in the United States are imported from Mexico, Haiti, the Caribbean and South America. Today there are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos throughout the world.

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The tender leaves of the mango tree are considered useful in diabetes. An infusion is prepared from fresh leaves by soaking them overnight in water and squeezing them well in water before filtering it in the morning. This infused water should be taken every morning to control early diabetes. As an alternative to infusion. Leaves can be dried in the shade, powdered and preserved. Half a teaspoonful of this powder should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.


The mango seeds are valuable in diarrhea. The seeds should be collected during the mango season, dried in the shade and powdered and stored for use as medicine. It should be given in doses of about one and a half gram to two grams with or without honey. Juice of fresh flowers when taken with one or two teaspoonful of curds, is also valuable in diarrhea.

Female Disorders

Mango seeds are considered useful in certain disorders connected with women’s reproductive organs. 'A teaspoonful, of the paste of the decorticated kernel of mango is applied inside the vagina to cure leucorrhoea, Vaginitis, and relaxed walls due to multiple pregnancies. Its use half an hour before conjugal union gives a virgin feeling and acts as a safe contraceptive. This has been tried many times with gratifying results.

Juice of the fresh mango bark is also valuable in heavy bleeding during menstruation, i.e. menorrhagia, leucorrhoea, mucus and pus discharges from the uterus and bleeding or haemorrhages from uterus. The juice is given with the addition of white of an egg or some mucilage-a kind of vegetable glue obtained from plant and a little opium in these diseases. In the alternative, a mixture of 10 ml. of a fluidextract of the bark and 120 ml. of water is given in doses of a teaspoonful every hour or two.

Throat gargle

The mango-bark is very efficacious in the treatment of diphtheria and other throat diseases. Its fluid is locally applied and also used as a gargle. The gargle is prepared by mixing 10 ml. of the fluidextract with 125 ml. of water.

Scorpion/Bee Bite

The juice, which oozes out at the time of plucking the fruit from the tree gives immediate relief to pain when applied to a scorpion bite or the sting of a bee. The juice can be collected and kept in a bottle.


Unripe mangoes should not be eaten in, excess. Their excessive intake may cause throat irritation, indigestion, dysentery and abdominal colic. One should, therefore, not consume more than one or two green mangoes daily. Water should not be drunk immediately after eating the green mango because it coagulates the sap and makes it more irritant. Sap or milky juice that comes out on breaking the stalk of the green mango is irritant and astringent. Eating green mangoes without draining the sap may cause mouth, throat and gastro intestinal irritations. The sap should, therefore be fully squeezed out or the skin should be peeled before using raw mango.

Excessive use of mangoes produces ailments like constipation, eye affections, blood impurities and seasonal fever. Children who use the fruit in excess generally suffer from skin disease in its season.

Mango Leaves

Leaves (immature):Moisture 78.2%;
Protein 3.0%; Fat 0.4%;
Carbohydrates 16.5%; Fiber 1.6%; Ash
1.9%; Calcium 29 mg/100 g;
Phosphorus 72 mg; Iron 6.2 mg;
Vitamin A (carotene) 1,490 I.U.;
Thiamine 0.04 mg; Riboflavin 0.06
mg; Niacin 2.2 mg; Ascorbic Acid 53

Other Uses:
Seed kernels:After soaking and drying to 10% moisture content, the kernels are fed to poultry and cattle. Without the removal of tannins, the feeding value is low. Cuban scientists declare that the mineral levels are so low mineral supplementation is needed if the kernel is used for poultry feed, for which purpose it is recommended mainly because it has little crude fiber.

Seed fat:

Having high stearic acid content, the fat is desirable for soap-making. The seed residue after fat extraction is usable for cattle feed and soil enrichment.

Bark:The bark possesses 16% to 20% tannin and has been employed for tanning hides. It yields a yellow dye, or, with turmeric and lime, a bright rose-pink.

Gum:A somewhat resinous, red-brown gum from the trunk is used for mending crockery in tropical Africa . In India , it is sold as a substitute for gum arabic.

Medicinal Uses:

Dried mango flowers, containing 15% tannin, serve as astringents in cases of diarrhea, chronic dysentery, catarrh of the bladder and chronic urethritis resulting from gonorrhea. The bark contains mangiferine and is astringent and employed against rheumatism and diphtheria in India . The resinous gum from the trunk is applied on cracks in the skin of the feet and on scabies, and is believed helpful in cases of syphilis.

Mango kernel decoction and powder (not tannin-free) are used as vermifuges and as astringents in diarrhea, hemorrhages and bleeding hemorrhoids. The fat is administered in cases of stomatitis. Extracts of unripe fruits and of bark, stems and leaves have shown antibiotic activity. In some of the islands of the Caribbean , the leaf decoction is taken as a remedy for diarrhea, fever, chest complaints, diabetes, hypertension and other ills. A combined decoction of mango and other leaves is taken after childbirth."

Mango is considered the undisputed and uncrowned king of all fruits. Mango is found all over India and many regions of the world. Mango's taste is sweet and little sour and is very nourishing. Mango is mentioned in ancient scripts for its great nutritive value. Raw Mango is sour and stringent ripe Mango is extremely tasty and nutritive. According to Hakeem Hashmi, reputed unani physician, a normal size Mango is more nourishing for the human body than butter or almonds. It strengthens and invigorates all the nerves tissues, muscles in the brain, heart and other parts of the body. It cleans the body of the filth within and is an ideal antidote for all toxic effects inside the body. Mango also provides sufficient resistance to fight any gems and afflictions. Every part of Mango tree root stems barks the blossoms; raw and ripe Mango and seeds all have curative and medicinal properties.

Mental Weakness:Taking half cup sweet Mango juice with 25 grams curd and itsp. Ginger juice 2 or 3 times a day controls loose motions. Boil 20 grams powder of Mango bark in a litter of water and reduce it to 250 gram. Taking this decoction with 1 gram of black salt cures diarrhoea.

Dysentery:Taking half teaspoon of ground powder of Mango leaves dried in shade with water 2 or 3 times a day stops dysentery.

Teeth Problems:Using the powder of dried Mango seeds as tooth paste, strengthens the gums and helps in curing dental problems foul smell pyorrhoea.

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1 comments to The Benefits of Mangoes, Seeds and Bark

  1. says:

    Lotus Eater The big problem of eating mangoes is the high risks of slow poisoning by the pesticide used to prevent worms infestation of the fruits. There are 2 ways to prevent this worm attacks, one by wrapping the unripe fruits, and two by applying pesticides.
    It is commercially not viable for option one, hence option 2 which results in the unblemished and visually attractive mangoes on display in the market.
    Now, there are 2 types of pesticides, namely "contact pesticides" and "systemic pesticides". All is well if contact pesticide is used because it stays on the surface of the fruits and washable by water. Being washable, it needs reapplication after the rain. Hence a lot of labour involved and a big discouragement for commercial farmers.
    Therefore, the most common pest control is the use of systemic pesticide which is absorbed through the roots and end up inside the fruits. The most commonly used systemic pesticide is Furadan, and it lasts 3 months inside the plant's internal system after application. Think of the cost savings when all it needs is just one application, and no pest would venture near.

    Therefore, it is quite worrisome to consume fruits produced by unscrupulous farmers as our authorities are lax in indepth testing of the vast quantities of fruits in the market place.

    It is to be emphasized that eating small amount of pesticide tainted fruits may not be harmful as Furadan is a Class 3 poison.

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