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Overview

Benefits of Tamarind And Its Side Effects

The sweet and tangy tamarind has a huge variety of health benefits. It is used for treating various medical issues such as peptic ulcers, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Tamarind provided immediate relief from digestive disorders such as diarrhea and constipation, and also helps keep your liver strong. Tamarind also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and is often used to treat diabetes as well.

Table of Content

Tamarind
Nutritional Value of Tamarind
Health Benefits of Tamarind
Improves digestion
Helps manage diabetes
Helps reduce weight
Strengthens the heart
Fights cancer
Helps heal wounds
Prevents formation of peptic ulcers
Clears up skin
Treats cough, cold and asthma
Protects the liver
Treats hair conditions
Uses of Tamarind
Side-Effects & Allergies of Tamarind
Cultivation of Tamarind

Tamarind

Scientifically as Tamarindus indica, tamarind is a leguminous hardwood tree that produces dark, bean-like pods as fruits. These pods are filled with seeds and are surrounded by a fibrous pulp. This pulp is edible in cuisines all around the world. The pulp can also be used in traditional medicine. When the tamarind fruit is young, this pulp is sour and green. As it ripens, the pulp takes on more of a paste-like appearance, and its taste changes to sweet-sour.

Nutritional Value of Tamarind

Tamarind is a very valuable commodity in the world, due of its many nutritional components that add to its healthy impact. Tamarind contains many essential chemical compounds, as well as vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. The pulp of the tamarind is rich in non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) or dietary fiber such as gums, hemicelluloses, mucilage, pectin, and tannins. Tamarind is also rich in tartaric acid, as well as many volatile phytochemicals such as imonene, geraniol, safrole, cinnamic acid, methyl salicylate, pyrazine, and alkyl­thiazoles. Each 100 grams of tamarind contain 36% of the thiamin, 35% of the iron, 23% of magnesium and 16% of the phosphorus recommended for a day's worth of nutrition. Other prominent nutrients include niacin, calcium, vitamin C, copper, and pyridoxine.

Health Benefits of Tamarind

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Tamarind

Improves digestion

Tamarind has been known to help solve abdominal issues such as diarrhea and constipation. Tamatid contains tartaric acid, potassium and malic acid, which makes it a great laxative that can be used by anyone suffering from constipation. Tamarind is also used to treat diarrhea, as it helps relax abdominal muscles. The root and bark of the tamarind tree are also used to help alleviate abdominal pain.

Helps manage diabetes

Tamarind is the answer to helping manage diabetes issues. Tamarind helps in managing and controlling diabetes, as the tamarind fruit contains an enzyme known as alpha-amylase, which slows down carbohydrate absorption, which otherwise can lead to the formation of simple sugars or fats and can increase the insulin levels. Tamarind also helps stabilize blood sugar levels, as well as reverses damage of the pancreatic tissue associated with diabetes.

Helps reduce weight

If you’re looking to shed a few kilos and don’t want to invest in anything, then tamarind is exactly what you’re looking for. Tamarind has no fat content, and is very rich in fiber. It is loaded with polyphenols and flavonoids, and also contains hydroxycitric acid, which reduces your appetite by inhibiting amylase, an enzyme responsible for converting carbohydrate into fat.

Strengthens the heart

Tamarind is one of the most heart-friendly fruits. Tamarind contains flavonoids, which helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and inversely raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Additionally, tamarind also has a high potassium content, which makes it very useful in combatting high blood pressure. Tamarind also helps prevents the buildup of triglycerides (a type of fat) in the blood, thus keeping the heart healthy and strong.

Fights cancer

Tamarind is very rich in antioxidants. Studies have found that extracts from the tamarind seed can help reduce the severity of acute kidney failure and kidney cancer due to its antioxidant properties.

Helps heal wounds

Tamarind has wonderful antibacterial, antipyretic and antiseptic properties. This makes it extremely useful when used for the purpose of quick and efficient wound healing. Studies have found that tamarind seed extracts are capable of healing wounds completely in as less as 10 days.

Prevents formation of peptic ulcers

Peptic ulcers are painful sores that appear in the stomach and the small intestine. Tamarind seed extracts have a protective effect against ulcers, as tamarind is rich in polyphenolic compounds. These compounds also help in the prevention of ulcer formation.

Clears up skin

Vitamins C and A, as well as other antioxidants present in tamarind enable it to act as a natural cure for various inflammatory skin conditions, including pimples and acne. Tamarind has also been proven to help protect skin from UV ray damage caused by the sun. Tamarind also contains alpha hydroxy acid, which works as a great exfoliating agent to get rid of dead skin cells and clear clogged pores.

Treats cough, cold and asthma

Tamarind is very effective in treating coughs and colds. It has antihistamine properties, which help control not only cold and cough, but are also used to treat allergic asthma as well. Tamarind is also a good source of Vitamin C, which can boost the immune system to help prevent colds.

Protects the liver

Tamarind has been found to be very useful in helping to protect the liver. Livers damaged from drinking excessive alcohol can be treated using tamarind leaves. A daily diet that includes tamarind can not only help reverse the situation, but it also keeps a healthy liver functioning well.

Treats hair conditions

Tamarind, if used in a hair pack, can effectively check hairfall and promote growth of hair. Tamarind pulp has been used extensively to help reduce sebum production in the scalp, thus controlling dandruff and hair loss.

Uses of Tamarind

Tamarind has been used for a very long time both for culinary purposes as well as for medicinal reasons. In the kitchen, tamarind is used as spices and condiments that help add flavor to dishes. However, the uses of tamarind far exceed it being just a kitchen staple – it is used to treat a huge variety of medical conditions as well. Beginning from weight loss, to skin and hair rejuvenation to improved digestive health and even protection against diabetes and cancer, tamarind has a plethora of uses.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Tamarind

While tamarind has a lot of nutritional and health benefits, it comes with a few side effects too. Tamarind can raise the risks of bleeding and turn out to be extremely dangerous when taken with certain medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and anti-platelet drugs. Regular intake of tamarind in large quantities can also cause a significant fall in our serum glucose levels, resulting in hypoglycemia. Additionally, allergy or hypersensitivity is one of the most common side effects of tamarind. There are lots of people who are sensitive to the ingredients of this fruit and end up developing a number of symptoms like rashes, itching, inflammation, stinging sensation, lightheadedness, fainting, vomiting, shortness of breath, etc. by consuming it.

Cultivation of Tamarind

Tamarinds are evergreen tropical trees native to Africa. They grew in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, South Asia, South America and Caribbean islands. The tamarind was later introduced to India and is now extensively cultivated in the country. It is also widely grown in America and Mexico today. Tamarind trees grow well in deep, well-drained soils, which are slightly acid. These trees cannot tolerate heavy cold, but are tolerant of salt spray and can be planted near the seashore. The tamarind is well-adapted to humid tropical areas with seasonally high rainfall. Young trees are very susceptible to frost, but mature trees will withstand brief periods of 48 degrees without serious injury.

Popular Questions & Answers

My question is that after coming to the menstruation, white water comes out of my vagina. What is the reason for this? It causes pain in my vagina and my back pain also. What should I do to get rid of this problem? Tell me any treatment except medicine? I am unmarried and I have not had sex with anyone.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Gurgaon
It may be due to Yeast infection. Avoid public toilets or use with precautions. Take Nutritious diet, Avoid Pungent spicy food Avoid tamarind and mango powder. Exercise regularly.
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I'm 21 year old and I fell there is little pain in my testicle when I touch it and my testicle is big .tell me how to cure it and how to make it small.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Gurgaon
There are many causes of pain and swelling of testicles like hydrocele, Varicocele, epididymitis and orchitis. It will be better to take treatment after correct diagnosis of underlying cause of your problem. Pain and swelling are indicative of some inflammatory process. You can start symptomatic Homeopathic Medicines like Apis Mel, Hamamelis and pulsatilla for relief in symptoms. Avoid pungent spicy food, Avoid tamarind and dry mango powder. Avoid friction to the effected scrotum.
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Meri ek frnd h jiski age 22 h use 2 3 din se bar bar toilet aa rhi h uske sth jln bi hoti h toilet use mehsus na hota kb aane lgi ek dm achank ajati h phle uske sath ye hua tha kuch mhine phle jb jln toilet krte time hoti thi bt ab use ek dm toilet aata h uske sth jln bi hoti h.Please suggest me something.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Gurgaon
Take Can nothris 30 Thrice Daily for 7 days, Avoid Pungent spicy food, Avoid tamarind, sauce and mango powder. Drink plenty of water. Avoid public toilets.
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I was diagnosed with GERD 4 years back and I had redone endoscopy a month back and found mild antral gastritis with gerd, from 2 days I have nausea ,loss of appetite, bitter mouth. I was continuously eating ice candies from 1 month and yesterday I ate tamarind paste, I have pain in lower abdomen in right side ribs pain and lower right back pain ,can it be due to kidney stones or liver ,should I go for abdomen scan.

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Kanpur
take sootshekhar ras 125 mg twice a day panchsakar avleh 5 gm twice a day these two for gerd etc. and take basant kusumakar ras 125 mg twice a day gokshuradi awleh 5 gm twice a day pathreena kawach 2 capsule twice a day for kidney stones

I am getting white spots on my skin and scalp wt medicine should I take to get rid of them. Some doctors said that some food items will increase there existence what are those food items? Please help me out.

MD PHYSICIAN
General Physician, Delhi
Foods to avoid if suffering from white spots: Curd, Tamarind, Raw Tomato, Raw Onion, Raw garlic, Brinjal, Papaya, Green chili, Pickles, Citrus fruits & Citrus fruit items / juices as oranges, lemon even grapes are strictly restricted. Fish and red meat should also be restricted. Oily / spicy food & non vegetarian food intake should be lowered. Milk & milk product intake to be lowered (not in case of kids). One should not take medicines containing Amla (Gooseberry - a rich source of Vit. C)... Any eatable made of soda bi carb, stored sour things, junk food, tinned foods or drinks, chocolates, coffee or cocoa products should not be taken regularly. Foods to increase in diet: green vegetables, beetroot, carrot, figs, carrot etc.
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Tamarind (Imli) - 5 Amazing Health Benefits You Never Knew!

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Ayurveda, Beed
Tamarind (Imli) - 5 Amazing Health Benefits You Never Knew!

Tamarind has plethora of health benefits from reducing body inflammation to boosting respiratory health, strengthening the immune system to improving cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol to healing skin conditions, preventing cancer to treating piles, the benefits are endless. Unlike many herbs, it has a delicious taste and can be used for both culinary as well as medicinal purposes. This fruit has juicy pulp wrapped in a thin brown shell.

Apart from many organic compounds, some of the beneficial components present in this sticky natural food include calcium, dietary fiber, vitamin E, vitamin B, iron, vitamin C and much more. Some of the health benefits of tamarind are mentioned below:

  1. Digestive health: Due to its high fiber content, tamarind acts as a natural laxative. It is believed that tamarind increases the efficiency of the digestive system. The fiber can bulk up the stool by easing its movement through the intestinal tract. It has the capability to stimulate bile activity that results in dissolving the food faster and stimulate gastric juice. Studies have shown that tamarind can be extremely useful for patients suffering from diarrhea and chronic constipation.
  2. Cardiovascular health: Several studies have proved that tamarind is a great agent when it comes to reducing the blood cholesterol and blood pressure. The fiber content of the tamarind can filter out the LDL cholesterol from the arteries and the veins. The potassium content can reduce the blood pressure. Vitamin C present in tamarind can reduce the dangerous effect of the free radicals. The pulp of 2-3 tamarind seeds can be taken daily as this helps in to maintain cardiovascular health.
  3. Body circulation: Being a very good source of iron, a single serving of tamarind can cover up to 10 percent of the body’s iron requirement. A constant supply of iron is necessary for the body to keep up the production of RBC and proper oxygenation of all the organs of the body. Iron deficiency can create conditions such as fatigue, cognitive disorders, anemia, stomach related disorders, headaches etc.
  4. Weight Loss: Hydroxycitric Acid can be extracted from tamarind. The latter is a unique compound that greatly helps in reducing weight. Furthermore, tamarind can suppress hunger by increasing the count of serotonin enzyme in the body. While there are several types of research going on the effect of tamarind on weight loss, it is a key driver of weight loss in one way or the other.
  5. Nerve Function: Tamarind contains B complex and Thiamine is one of the key components of the vitamin family. Thiamine improves the function of the nerve, development of the muscle, activeness of the body, reflexive action of the nerve and so on. A daily serving of the pulp of 2 tamarind seeds a day can greatly help an individual maintain the nerve function.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Tamarind Leaves (Imli ke Patte) Benefits in Hindi - इमली के पत्ते के फायदे

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Tamarind Leaves (Imli ke Patte) Benefits in Hindi - इमली के पत्ते के फायदे

इमली के पत्तों के कई औषधीय गुण होते हैं. इमली का पेड़ बहुत विशाल होता है. इसके जड़, तना, छाल, पत्तियों, फल और फुल सबका औषधीय महत्व है. इमली के फल को हमारे यहाँ खाद्य पदार्थों में खट्टापन लाने के लिए प्रयोग किया जाता है. तो आइए देखते हैं कि इमली के पत्तों के कितने फायदे हैं.

1. अल्सर के उपचार में
इमली के पत्ते का उपयोग अल्सर जैसे बीमारियों से लड़ने में भी कर सकते हैं. जाहिर है अल्सर में कई बार असहनीय दर्द होता है. इसके उपचार में इमली के पत्ते महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाते हैं.
2. स्कर्वी के उपचार में
नाविकों के रोग से मशहूर स्कर्वी नामक रोग विटामिन सी की कमी से होता है. इसके लक्षणों में मसूड़ों और नाखूनों से खून निकलना और थकान प्रमुख है. इमली के पत्ते उच्च एस्कार्बिक एसिड से भरपूर होते हैं. जो कि एंटी स्कर्वी के रूप में काम करता है.
3. उच्च रक्तचाप के उपचार में
इमली के पत्ते आपको उच्च रक्तचाप में भी मदद करते हैं. आज बदली हुई जीवनशैली के कारण उच्च रक्तचाप की समस्या बेहद आम हो गई है.
4. शुगर को नियंत्रित करने में
हमारे शरीर में रक्त शर्करा के स्तर को नियंत्रित करने में इमली के पत्तियों की महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका है. इससे इन्सुलिन की संवेदनशीलता में वृद्धि हो जाती है. इस तरह ये शुगर की बिमारी में राहत देने का काम करता है. पीलिया को ठीक करने में भी इसकी भूमिका देखी गई है.
5. सूजन को कम करने में
इमली के पत्तों के तमाम फायदों में एक ये भी है कि इससे सूजन को कम किया जा सकता है. इसका प्रयोग आप चाहें तो जोड़ों के दर्द में भी कर सकते हैं.किसी तरह के चोट से भी हुए सूजन को ये कम कर सकती है.
6. मलेरिया के उपचार में
जाहिर है कि मलेरिया बुखार मादा एनोफेलिज़ नामक मच्छर के काटने से होता है. एक शोध में ये पाया गया कि इमली के पत्तियों का अर्क प्लाज्मोडियम फाल्सीपेरम के विकास को प्रभावित करता है. आपको बता दें कि यही मलेरिया बुखार के होने का कारण है.
7. एंटीऑक्सीडेंट के रूप में
एंटीऑक्सीडेंट का महत्व हमारे शरीर में बहुत ज्यादा है. एंटीऑक्सीडेंट फ्री रेडिकल्स से छुटकारा दिलाते हैं. जाहिर है फ्री रेडिकल्स त्वचा कैंसर और कई अन्य समस्याएं उत्पन्न करते हैं. इमली के पत्ते एंटीऑक्सीडेंट से भरपूर होते हैं जिससे कि ये इसमें काफी मददगार होते हैं.
8. इन्फेक्शन में
विटामिन सी की भण्डार इमली की पत्तियां किसी भी सूक्ष्मजीव के संक्रमण से हमारे शरीर की रक्षा करता है. जाहिर है इससे शरीर स्वस्थ रहता है. इसके पत्तों का प्रयोग जननांग संक्रमण को भी रोकता है. तो संक्रमण से बचने में भी इमली के पत्ते हमारी मदद करते हैं.
9. माउथ फ्रेशनर के रूप में
जाहिर है मुंह का दुर्गन्ध रहित रहना बहुत महत्वपूर्ण है. मौखिक स्वच्छता यानी माउथ फ्रेशनर के रूप में इसका इस्तेमाल आपको बेहतर परिणाम देता है. तो अब से आप माउथ फ्रेशनर के रूप में इमली के पत्तों का प्रयोग कर सकते हैं. जाहिर है ये आयुर्वेदिक भी है.
10. पीरियड्स और स्तनपान में
पीरियड्स के दौरान ऐंठन, पेट दर्द आदि समस्याओं से निपटने के लिए इमली के पत्तियों और छाल के अर्क का उपयोग करते हैं. ऐसा इमली के पत्तों का एनाल्जेसिक होने के कारण होता है. स्तनपान के दौरान इमली के पत्तियों का प्रयोग करने से माताओं के दूध की गुणवत्ता में काफी सुधार आता है.
11. घाव भरने में
इमली की पत्तियां एंटीसेप्टिक गुणों से युक्त होती हैं. इसलिए इमली के पत्तियों का रस जब घावों पर लगाते हैं तो इससे घाव तेजी से ठीक होता है. इसका रस अन्य संक्रमण और परिजिवी का विकास रोकने के साथ-साथ नई कोशिकाओं का निर्माण भी तेजी से करता है.
 

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Calamansi Juice

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General Physician, Gorakhpur
Calamansi Juice

Drinking calamansi juice is a very popular practice in certain parts of asia due to its detoxifying ability on the body, the availability of the fruit, and the tart, unique flavor of the juice.

What is calamansi juice?

Calamansi juice is derived from the calamansi fruit, an extremely sour variety of citrus fruit commonly called golden limes. Scientifically known as citrofortunella microcarpa, this fruit is a hybrid of a member of the citrus genus and a kumquat, and is widely cultivated in southeast asia, particularly in the philippines. This sour fruit is rich in vitamin c and certain antioxidants, such as limonene, as well potassium, vitamin a and calcium. Although the juice from this fruit is incredibly sour, many people still consume it on a regular basis due to its many impressive health benefits.

Benefits of calamansi juice

Some of the top benefits of calamansi juice include its ability to boost the immune system, soothe acidity in the stomach, aid in weight loss efforts, stimulate growth and repair, bleach the skin, detoxify the body, lower cholesterol, manage diabetes and treat respiratory infections, among others.

1. Controls cholesterol levels

Anecdotal evidence and some studies have found that this juice can help you lower your cholesterol levels, which is an important steptoward weight loss and avoiding metabolic syndrome. It can also help lower your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

2. Boosts immunity

Packed with vitamin c and other beneficial nutrients, calamansi juice has been used as an immune booster for generations. It can stimulate the production of white blood cells and counter the negative effects of free radicals, thanks to its antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

3. lowers acidity

Despite the high levels of citric acid and apparent acidity of this fruit, many people drink it as a soothing substance for the stomach. It can lower levels of inflammation, when consumed in moderation, lower your risk of developing ulcers and protect you from acid reflux disease.

4. Promotes collagen production

Vitamin c is a crucial element in collagen production, which is the compound needed to create every tissue, muscle fiber and cell in the body. This juice can deliver a burst of ascorbic acid that will increase your body’s ability to grow, as well as repair damage from injury, illness or surgery.

5. Controls diabetes

A significant amount of research has been done on the blood sugar-moderating effectsof calamansi juice. It can help to regulate the release of glucose and insulin into the bloodstream, which is excellent news for those suffering from diabetes or those at risk of developing the disease.

6. Improves respiratory health

The strong citric acid levels in this juice help itcut through phlegm and mucus, where infections often live and propagate, while also soothing inflammation in the throat and respiratory tracts.

7. Skin care

All over asia, people use calamansi juice on their skin, as it functions like a natural bleaching agent. In addition to clearing the skin of blemishes or discoloration, it can also deliver antioxidants to the skin that will prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.

8. Detoxifies the body

Known to stimulate urination and flush outthe kidneys, calamansi juice can be a powerful detoxifying agent, strengthening the function of your liver, kidneys and gallbladder to help you eliminate excess toxins in the body.

How to make calamansi juice?

You can easily make calamansi juice at home, provided you have access to these exotic fruits. Outside of southeast asia, your best chance of finding these fruits is in exotic grocery stores or import stores.

Recipe

Ingredients:

12-14 calamansi fruits2 cups of sugar, refined2 cups of water, filtered

Step 1 – thoroughly wash all of the limes.

Step 2 – slice off the top of the limes, being careful not to cut into the seeds.

Step 3 – using your hands, squeeze out as much juice as possible from the limes into a strainer.

Step 4 – add the sugar and water and stir thoroughly.

Step 5 – taste the juice, and if it is too astringent or sour, add more sugar or water. Some people add honey in significant quantities (1 cup) to balance out the taste.

Step 6 – refrigerate the juice, serve chilled and enjoy!

Calamansi juice for weight loss

This tropical juice is legendary for its impact on weight loss, as it has the ability to not only boost the metabolism, but also eliminate many of the toxins in the body that can contribute to fat storage. By increasing metabolic speed, this juice can improve passive fat-burning throughout the day, while detoxifying the body will help all of your organ systems run more smoothly and function properly, aiding in calorie burning. By reducing fat storage, you will have more usable energy and less adipose fat formation. Many people drink a glass of calamansi juice every morning to stimulate the body and achieve weight-loss goals.

Calamansi juice substitute

If you are in certain parts of the world, getting your hands on fresh calamansi limes may be difficult, in which case you will want to replace this juice in recipes or in your morning juice. These substitutes can mimic the acidity and tartness, and even deliver some of the same health benefits. The best substitutes for calamansi juice include regular lime juice, white wine vinegar, white wine, tamarind or black lime.

Side effects calamansi juice

This simple juice has many impressive health benefits, but can also cause a few side effects, including gastrointestinal distress and a heightened risk of kidney problems.

Stomach issues – while many people praise calamansi juice for its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties, it is still a very astringent and potentially irritating substance for the stomach. If you have a sensitive gut, be sure to moderate your intake of calamansi juice to prevent acid reflux, diarrhea, stomach upset and cramping. Kidney health – with a high level of vitamin c and the ability to stimulate urination, this fruit juice can detoxify the body, but for people with kidney issues, diuretics can lead to numerous complications and even a worsening of your condition, so speak with a doctor first.

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Tamarind Benefits And Side Effects in Hindi - इमली के फायदे और नुकसान

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Tamarind Benefits And Side Effects in Hindi - इमली के फायदे और नुकसान

अपने खट्टे-मीठे और चटक स्वाद से लोगों के दांत खट्टे करती है इमली. अपने स्वाद से तो सबको लुभाती ही है इसके गुणों पर भी कई लोग लट्टू हैं. लेकिन स्वाद और स्वास्थ्य से भरपूर इमली में सिर्फ लाभदायक गुण ही नहीं होते हैं. इसके कुछ गुण हानिकार भी होते हैं. तो आईए इसके हानि और लाभ को जानें-

1. ह्रदय को रखे स्वस्थ
इमली में पाए जाने वाले तीनों प्रमुख तत्व पोटैशियम, फाइबर और एंटीऑक्सीडेंट दिल को स्वस्थ रखने में मदद करते हैं. पोटैशियम रक्तचाप को नियंत्रित करता है. फाइबर कोलेस्ट्राल को नियंत्रित करता है. जबकि इमली के में पाया जाने वाला एंटीऑक्‍सीडेंट फ्री रेडिकल्‍स को चैक में रखने में मदद करते हैं.
2. प्रतिरोधक क्षमता को करे मजबूत
इमली में पाया जाने वाला एंटी-ऑक्‍सीडेंट और एंटी-माइक्रोबियल गुण दोनों का कॉम्बो मजबूत प्रतिरक्षा प्रणाली के निर्माण का बेहतरीन विकल्‍प तैयार करते हैं.यदि आप लगातार समय पर इमली का सेवन करें तो इससे सभी प्रकार के माइक्रोबियल संक्रमण से दूर रहने और अन्‍य संक्रमणों से लड़ने की भरपूर ताकत मिलती है. 
3. पाचन की प्रक्रिया करे दुरुस्‍त
जैसा कि हम ऊपर देख चुके हैं कि इमली में फाइबर प्रचुर मात्रा में पाया जाता है. आपको बता दें कि फाइबर की अधिकता पाचन प्रक्रिया में भी मदद करती है. कब्ज और डायरिया जैसे पाचन सम्बन्धी विकार भी इमली से ठीक होने में मदद मिलती है. इसके लिए आपको एक चम्‍मच इमली के गूदे को एक लीटर पानी में मिलाकर, इसे उबालने के बाद छानकर इसका अर्क बनाकर पीना होगा.
4. तंत्रिका तंत्र को भी करे मजबूत
इमली अपने लाभकारी गुणों की सहायता से हमारी प्रतिरक्षातंत्र को भी मजबूती प्रदान करती है. इसमें पाया जाने वाला थियामाइन जो कि विटामिन बी कॉम्‍प्‍लेक्‍स का हिस्‍सा ह, थियामाइन तंत्रिका तंत्र को मजबूत बनाता है. इसके साथ ही मांसपेशियों के विकास को भी बढ़ावा देने में मदद करता है.
5. जोड़ों के दर्द में राहत
इमली के कई लाभों में से एक ये भी है कि ये त्वचा और हड्डियों के लिए भी बेहद लाभकारी है. त्वचा के सुजन सम्बन्धी समस्याओं के निवारण में इमली एक अचूक दवा की तरह काम करती है. इसके साथ ही इसके उपयोग से जोडों में दर्द को भी ठीक किया जजा सकता है. इसके लिए लुब्रिकेशन के लिए आधा चम्‍मच भुने हुए इमली के बीज के पाउडर को दो बार पानी के साथ लेना होगा.
 6. इमली मोटापे को भी घटाता है
वजन कम करने के लिए लोग कई तरह की दवाइयों का सेवन करते हैं. यदि आप भी वजन को लेकर परेशान हैं या मोटापे से निजात पाना चाहते हैं तो इमली इसमें भी आपकी मदद करता है. इमली में परचुर मात्रा में हाइड्रोऑक्साइट्रिक एसिड की मौजूदगी शरीर में फैट को जलाने वाले इन्जाइम को बढ़ाने में मददगार होती है. इसकी सहायता से वजन घटाने में मदद मिलती है इसलिए आप चाहें तो इसे अपने आहार में भी शामिल कर सकते हैं.
7. शुगर नियंत्रित करे
बेहद आसानी से उपलब्ध हो जाने वाली इमली एक अल्‍फा एमिलेज अवरोध है. इसका मतलब ये हुआ कि यह कार्बोहाइड्रेट को शुगर में अवशोषित और परिवर्तित होने से रोक सकती है जो की ब्‍लड शुगर का स्‍तर बढ़ाने का सबसे बड़ा कारण है. यदि आप आधा चम्‍मच इमली का गूदा प्रतिदिनलें तो इससे न केवल आपका वजन कम होता है, बल्कि डायबिटीज भी नियंत्रण में रहती है.

इमली के नुकसान

1. रक्तस्त्राव का जोखिम: यदि आप इमली का सेवन करते समय कुछ सावधानी न बरतें तो इससे रक्तस्त्राव का जोखिम उत्पन्न हो सकता है. आपको एस्पिरिन, इब्यूप्रोफेन, नेपोरेक्सन आदि दवाओं के सेवन के बाद इमली कभी नहीं खानी चाहिए.
2. गर्भवती महिलाओं को: स्वाद में खट्टी लगने वाली इमली विटामिन सी की एक अच्छी स्त्रोत है. यहाँ गौर करने वाली बात ये है कि विटामिन सी के अधिक सेवन से एस्ट्रोजन का स्तर बढ़ जाता है और उच्च एस्ट्रोजन गर्भाशय में संकुचन और ब्लीडिंग पैदा कर सकता है. इसलिए गर्भवती महिलाओं को गर्भपात से बचाने के लिए विटामिन सी युक्त फल जैसे कि इमली न दें.
3. एलर्जी: कई ऐसे लोग हैं जिन्हें इमली ज्यादा मात्रा में खाने से एलर्जी की समस्या हो जाती है. इसलिए इसके दुष्प्रभाव जैसे कि खुजली, सुजन, चक्कर, बेहोशी, उल्टी, सांस की परेशानी आदि से बचने के लिए ज्यादा इमली न खाएं.
4. गले में खराश: जिन लोगों के गले में खराश की समस्या होती है उन्हें इमली ही नहीं किसी भी अम्लीय पदार्थों से दूर ही रहना चाहिए.
 

Hangover Management

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Zirakpur
Hangover Management

INDIAN SCENE OF FESTIVALS AND USE OF EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL:

With festival season approaching fast, the use of Alcohol goes beyond normal consumption limits by otherwise normal alcohol drinkers. Members of societies which forbid alocohol drinking also are seen tempted towards fun by relaxing, intoxicating and inebriating themselves by use of alcohol.

.Alcoholism is a major health and social problem throughout the world though it is a major cause of motor accidents particularly for young people.

GLOBAL SCENE OF ALCOHOLISM:

Alcoholism is a major health and social problem throuhout the globe though it is amjor cause of motor accidents and incidental deaths particularly for young people. The consumption of alcohol has existed in human society since time immemorial. In modern world all types of alcoholic beverages are freely available in global market.

Heavy drinkers suffer from HANGOVER which is a collection of signs and symptoms linked with recent bouts of heavy drinking. Hangovers may occur at any time of the day but commonly the morning the night of heavy or excess drinking and person may experience:

1. Physical symptoms: headache, dizziness, sickness, sleepyness, thirsty and confused

2. Psychological and mental fatigue: feels elevated levels of anxiety, regret, shame, embarrassment, depression etc and less the sleep worse the hangover.

CURE AND PREVENTION:

Modern science clearly indicates that there is no cure but resting, drinking water and replacing electrolytes by food may help. Generally symptoms go away after 24 hrs. Preventive measure is responsible drinking.

EFFECTS ON LIVER:

Drinking heavy and excess alcohol can increase your risk of developing alcoholic liver disease e.g.  fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, chronic hepatitis, liver fibrosis/ cirrhosis etc. When liver tries to breakdown alcohol, the resultant chemical reaction can damage its cells. Similarly heavy alcohol damages intestinal lining/ intestines thereby allowing gut bacteria to enter liver causing inflammation and scarring of liver. When regular excesses in drinking is the way of life, you may guess what can be the worst in a particular person.

AYURVEDA's PERSPECTIVE FOR PREVENTION and CURE:

Ayurveda has clear opinion and rules on the use of Madya - the Alcohol. Ayurveda has defined views on npreparation of Herbal wines called Asavas and Arishtas. Western Herbalism also uses tinctures etc in the same way as Ayurveda to extract active ingradients of herbs.

In Ayurveda MADATYA ROGA is associated with effects of alcoholism. Ayurveda's herbal bitters like Neem, Guduchi, Bhuiamla, Kalmegh, Amla and many others not only protect and cure liver inflammation by Pittavirechan and detoxification but there are other home remedies like dates, raisins, Kokum butter, tamarind fruit, pomegranates, Amla etc which may be combined as powder and taken with 100ml of boiled, cooled water. It may be taken soon after alcohol intake or at bed time or in the morning. Make it fresh because it cant be stored for long. Amalvetas,Tvak, Ela, Marich, Safed Jeera, Souvarchal Namak, Vrikshamala, Sugar effectively overcomes hangover.

SO I MAY SAY THAT RESONSIBLE DRINKING AND USE OF HERBS ARE WISER STEPS TO COMBAT EFFECTS OF ALCOHOLISM.

Customised and readymade Ayurvedic Solutions are available for prevention and cure of Hangover and Liver affliction.

Table of Content

Tamarind
Nutritional Value of Tamarind
Health Benefits of Tamarind
Improves digestion
Helps manage diabetes
Helps reduce weight
Strengthens the heart
Fights cancer
Helps heal wounds
Prevents formation of peptic ulcers
Clears up skin
Treats cough, cold and asthma
Protects the liver
Treats hair conditions
Uses of Tamarind
Side-Effects & Allergies of Tamarind
Cultivation of Tamarind