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Pomegranate – (Punica granatum)

Pomegranate

The pomegranate is a deciduous shrub that grows about 6 to 15 feet tall. The branches are slightly drooped. When left unpruned, the bush looks like it is weeping. The trumpet–shaped flowers are a deep orange-red with ruffled petals. Technically a large berry, the fruit is approximately 2 to 3 inches in diameter and is red or yellowish-green when mature. The seeds, juice and pulp are eaten, but the inner membrane is not. The fruit is native to Asia, although it is now cultivated in many parts of the world. It can be found in most grocery stores, and the juice is becoming more popular as well.

Key Medicinal Uses

Internally – Pomegranate is used for dysentery, colitis, diarrhea, stomachache, as an emmenogogue to bring on menses, and to remove internal parasites. The fruit is cooling and can bring down fevers. It is high in antioxidants similar to green herbal tea. Studies are showing the herb reduces risk factors for heart disease. Some scientists claim that this herb may prevent artery thickening. Other studies are showing that it may be beneficial for prostate cancer treatment. It suppresses the inflammatory cell signaling and inhibits the prostate tumor growth. It also lowered serum PSA levels.

Externally – Pomegranate is used externally on sores and as a douche for leucorrhea. Because of its antiviral and antiseptic compounds, it has been found to be effective for mouth sores, throat infections and other irritations in that area. It also strengthens the gums.

Other Uses – Pomegranate flowers make a red dye. The fruit is also used a great deal in many cuisines and to make wine and other beverages. It is the principal ingredient in grenadine. The bark is used for tanning and to dye Morocco leather yellow. It is also used in cosmetic cleansers for the skin.

Parts Used

Whole plant – Almost the entire plant is used medicinally: the root, bark, flowers, fruit and the rind of the fruit.

Cautions

Pregnant and nursing women should avoid taking this herbal remedy. Excessive use may cause vomiting, diarrhea and cramps and in some cases some people may be allergic to it. The fruit should not be taken with fats or oil when treating parasite infestations.

Preparation and Dosage

Pomegranate is taken as juice, food and extract. There are many recipes available online and in books for using the herb in cooking.

The extract can be taken in capsules in doses of 2 capsules once or twice per day at meals with water. If you are taking commercial preparations, follow the directions on the label.

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