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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Jambuh  
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English: Jambolan  
Botanical: Syzygium cumini  
Hindi: Jamun  
Telugu: Neredu  
Common names: Kutai, Nai Neerle, Katahi-jamuk, Nhaval, Jamun, Neredam, Lohajam, Neeradimuthu, Neerudu, Jangali Badam, Maravetti
Family name: Myrtaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Seeds
  • Leaves
  • Fruits
  • Bark

Contents: Its seeds have b-sitosterols, its fruits contain citric, malic and Gallic acids.

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: A blend of sweet, sour and astringent.
  • Vipaka: Sweet.
  • Veerya: Seetaveerya.

4. Uses:

  • Blood-purifier.
  • The leaves of the Jambolan are antibacterial.
  • The leaves strengthens the teeth and gums.
  • The seeds and decoction of bark are good remedies for diabities.
  • It cures diarrhoea and ringworm.
  • It cures secondary syphilis and rheumatism[especially with stiff joints].
  • The fruit is sweet, it acts a tonic.
  • The bark is astringent, sweet sour, good for sore throat, anthelmintic, Diarrhea.
  • The decoction of bark is diuretic and digestive.
  • The bark is a remedy for skin inflammation, indigestion, gas, spasms, water retention.
  • It also helps to raise the deteriorated sexual desire.
  • It kills germs.
  • Some times this is also used as a remedy for leprosy and pthisis.
  • It also used as a healing herb for tuberculosis which affects neck [scrofula].

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Jambu: Which is available in India [India is called as Jambu island].
  • Mahaphala: With big fruits.
  • Mahaskanda: With big trunk.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Krimihanta: Which kills germs.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna, Rakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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