1. History and use
The fruit of tamarind is widely used in folk medicine as a laxative. Tip the fruit rid of the epicarp and seeds and mix with water with beverage made of milk and millet flour. Fruit pulp is also used as a febrifuge but especially as a refreshing and calming of thirst.
2. Description of the plant
It is a tree 12 to 20 meters high that can live for a very long time. The leaves are paripinnate. The flowers are yellowish. The fruits are thick, woody pods, containing a pulp intermixed with fibers and bogging 5 to 6 It is a tree considered sacred and which, it seems, gave its name to DAKAR.
3. Curative action
The pulp contains tartaric acid (8 to 18 P 100) 5 P 100) responsible for and pectin (2 to action. This laxative action is sweet so recommended for children. tamarind is used in certain medicinal specialties.
Laxative Pound the fruit after removing the seeds. The mass obtained is kneaded with water and given as a drink in the morning on an empty stomach. It can also be sweetened by doing so a refreshing and slightly tart drink.