Information on Tamarind

Latin NameTamarindus indica
Part UsedFruit, Fruit Pulp
Herb FormsPaste for cooking, tea, bulk herb for tea.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA moderate-sized to large evergreen tree native to India with with small fern-like leaves and long brownish-yellow hairy pods with a sticky-sweet and sour flavor.
DescriptionTamarind, a popular Indian spice ingredient in curries and chutneys, is used medicinally as a laxative, antinauseant, and vermifuge. It is also beneficial for jaundice, hyperacidity, flatulence, and fevers. An infusion of tamarind is employed as a gargle for sore throats. The herb is excellent for clearing heat in people with deficiency, with such symptoms as night sweats and ringing in the ears.

Tamarind has a taste of SWEET, AROMATIC and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Tamarind

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Constipationlaxativetea, fruit pulp
Feverrefrigeranttea, fruit pulp


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